HMO Licensing (Scotland)

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    HMO Licensing (Scotland)

    Hello

    I am a fairly inexperienced when it comes to HMO licensing and I have a query about some potential tenants:

    I have two guys, who have stated they are in a relationship. Themselves and one other mutual friend (unrelated) are planning on living together. I am unsure if this meets the criteria that would mean an HMO is required or if this is considered as two households. I can't find any guidance on cohabiting couples and what their stance is in regards to the number of households.

    Any help would be appreciated

    Gregor


    #2
    In England this would be an HMO. A co habiting couple forms one household. The friend is the second household So that is 2 or more households and 3 or more people. The definition of a House in Multiple Occupation in England is a property occupied by three or more people (including children) who form two or more households.

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      #3
      same in Scotland just worded a bit differently. You need a house in multiple occupancy (HMO) licence if both of the following apply: you want to rent your property out to 3 or more tenants. none of the tenants are related or part of the same family.

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        #4
        It's broadly the same in Scotland, except (I think) all HMOs have to be licensed.

        Two people in a relationship and a friend is three people in two households.
        It's a very difficult combination to rent in both countries as a consequence.
        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).

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