Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)

A property is a house in multiple occupation (HMO) if both of the following apply:

  • at least 3 tenants live there, forming more than 1 household
  • you share toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities with other tenants

It is a large HMO if all of the following apply:

  • it’s at least 3 storeys high
  • at least 5 tenants live there, forming more than 1 household
  • you share toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities with other tenants

A 'household' is either a single person or members of the same family who live together. A family includes people who are:

  • married or living together – including people in same-sex relationships
  • relatives or half-relatives, for example grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings
  • step-parents and step-children

Rochford District Council Inspect HMOs at regular intervals to ensure standards are being met

Planning Permission may be required for converting a property for use as a HMO contact the Councils Planning Service using this form.

You can find out more about HMOs from Shelter - a link to this is in Related Content