HMO with live in landlord / office in property

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    HMO with live in landlord / office in property

    1) I understand that an HMO that is 4 or more residents, is still classed as an HMO (licencable) regardless of whether the landlord lives there or not, and presume their are no license or AST restrictions on a landlord living in the property.

    2) are there any restrictions in an HMO license or AST that would stop the landlord from using one of the rooms of the property as an office.


    1 - It's 5 residents unless your local authority has its own rules. if the other occupants share facilities with the landlord it may not be possible for it to be an AST.

    2 - If you have an office in a property, the building is probably no longer entirely a residence. Which causes all kind of headaches.
    When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
    Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).


      A HMO (not all are licensable) still must comply with regulations eg fire etc
      I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...


        I understand there is no restriction on a landlord living in, or using a room within an HMO, regardless of whether it is licensed or not.

        The tenant's AST covers his room, which gives him exclusive use of that area only.

        Communal areas are shared with other tenants, which areas are also covered in the AST, but that the tenant has a duty towards these communal areas to treat them in a tenant like manner..

        An AST may include a line that 'the landlord has use of one of the rooms ....' as a bedroom / as an office, etc.


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