Houses In Multiple Occupation
What is a 'House in Multiple Occupation'
The 2004 Housing Act introduces a new and clear definition of
what constitutes a House in Multiple Occupation. A dwelling
will be considered to be in multiple occupation if it contains
occupants who do not form a single household, share one or more
facilities and is the occupants’ main place of residence. The
definition includes houses containing bedsits, hostels, shared
houses and flats. A building or part of a building is an HMO
if it meets every condition specified in one or more of four tests
under S254 of the Housing Act, which can be summarised in a
Any enquiries regarding HMOs within Malvern Hills
District should be directed to Zena Lynch, Environmental Health
Officer, Housing Services, either by emailing or
telephoning 01684 862389.