Types of HMO licence
A house in multiple occupation (HMO) is a property occupied by 3 or more people (including children) who form more than 1 family. A family includes co-habiting partners. The tenancy agreement is not relevant in working out if a house is an HMO.
A HMO requires a licence and a landlord commits an offence by letting a HMO without a licence.
There are 2 types of HMO licence:
This applies to large HMOs that are 3 or more storeys and occupied by 5 or more unrelated people who share facilities. These might be a kitchen, bathroom or toilet. It also includes a property with flats which do not have all amenities behind their own lockable front door.
When counting the number of floors, you must count all storeys in residential occupation, even if they are self-contained. This includes basements, loft conversions and attics if they can be occupied or are used in connection with the occupation of the HMO. It also includes any floors used by a resident landlord and their family, and any business premises or storage space.
This is a national scheme.
This is required by HMOs which are not covered by the mandatory licence (including flats in multiple occupation), and which are occupied by 3 or more people who form more than 1 family. The number of storeys is not important.
This is a local scheme to Camden.