A Complete Guide to HMO Changes

Changes to Houses in Multiple Occupation Rules

There have been some crucial changes to the mandatory HMO guidelines which has seen the introduction of minimum sizes for bedrooms, please see below and the 3 or more-storey rule has been abolished, so all properties will be required to obtain a HMO licence if the property is occupied by 5 or more individuals* and makes up more than one household.

These new conditions will apply to all new HMOs licenses from 1st October 2019, however these conditions will not apply to existing licenses which were issued before 1st October 2018, until the current licence expires and is renewed.

Minimum bedroom sizes required as part of HMO Licence:

  • 51 m² for one person over 10 years of age
  • 22 m² for two persons over 10 years of age
  • 64 m² for one child under the age of 10 years


If your property or portfolio is managed by our Property Management team and has a HMO license, a member of the team will contact you regarding any changes to your licence.

* Due to different rules set out by local authorities your property may require a HMO license if the property is occupied by 3 or more individuals.

For more information, kindly contact our regional office: