Last updated: 21 October 2021
HMO occupier and households
An occupier means someone who resides in a property. This includes all adults and children living there, even if they have signed a joint tenancy.
A household is made up of family members, a couple, two unrelated people sharing the same home, or a single person.
Unrelated adults who are not a couple or part of a family are treated as separate households. A house in multiple occupation (HMO) is a property lived in by people from multiple, separate households. Examples include:
- a family and a friend renting together
- more than two students sharing a house
- more than two professional friends sharing a flat
- multiple casual workers each renting a separate room in a house
The households must all share amenities like kitchens and bathrooms.