If you own a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) - a rented property with shared facilities, you may need a licence to let. The mandatory licensing criteria regarding Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO), which came into effect in all local authorities in England on 01 October 2018, includes the following:
Mandatory Houses in Multiple Occupation Licensing Criteria
Any property occupied by five or more people, forming two or more households, who also share facilities such as the kitchen or bathroom, regardless of the number of storeys is subject to the HMO licensing criteria.
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