Houses in multiple occupation
Houses in multiple occupation (HMO) form a significant part of
the rented housing sector in Peterborough. The ways in which houses
are used for this type of occupation vary from the traditional
bed-sit where each letting usually has its own kitchen but the
occupiers share the bathroom facilities through room-let type
lettings where tenants rent a room but kitchen and bathroom
facilities are shared, including in some cases a common lounge, to
house-share properties where a group of unrelated people rent the
whole house between them and share all facilities, expenses and
A house in multiple occupation must meet certain conditions.
The mandatory licence is a national standard and the local authority has no discretion on this licensing.
Standards for suitability apply to all houses in multiple occupation.
The legislation the applies to houses in multiple occupation and which they are regulated under.
The local council can make a scheme to cover some or all houses in mulitple occupation in some or all of its district.
Applications can only be accepted on the downloadable Licence Application form with the correct fee.