The Housing Act 2004 says a HMO is a house or flat that is rented to three or more unrelated tenants (or 2 or more households) sharing a kitchen, bathroom or toilet. This property must be the main home of the tenants living there (or principle address), this also includes properties let to migrant workers. In 2006, regulations to control the management of both licensable and non-licensable HMOs were introduced.

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