Is my property an HMO?
HMO Licensing

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1 month ago

I am new to this forum, and have searched - but failed - to find an answer to this question! I am now on the legislation website and my head is spinning!

Any advice from this community is hugely appreciated - thank you in advance.


I am the freehold owner of a 6-floor 1770s Georgian house in Thanet. It is a Grade II listed building, and I have not done any conversion or building works to the property since I purchased it in 2016.

I live on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors, and the other floors (which each have their own kitchen, bathroom, bedroom etc) are rented out to tenants on assured shorthold tenancy agreements, each paying monthly rent. We all share the same front door and use the same central staircase to access our respective floors (apart from the basement flat, which has its own entrance off the street).

Firstly, is this an HMO? I'm assuming not as there are no shared amentities.

Secondly, I want to rent out the 3rd floor and plan to put in a kitchen (it has its own bathroom and bedroom already). I assume that I will need to make this compliant with Building Regs (ie. with fire doors etc) as it is a new "conversion" but will this alter the property's (non)HMO status?

Many thanks for reading, and any advice given. 

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