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Houses of Multiple Occupation

All Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) shall comply with the following standards enforced by Three Rivers District Council. HMOs are below divided into five categories listed A - E which take into account the mode and variety of occupation.

Category A

Houses occupied or intended for occupation in such a way that two or more of the households within the house share one or more facilities.
Ie: Houses occupied as rooms, bedsits and flatlets with part exclusive occupation with shared amenities. A download offering a more comprehensive explanation of the requirements and standards for Category A houses can be downloaded below.

Houses of Multiple Occupation - Category A (pdf)


Category B

Houses occupied or intended for occupation in such a way that two or more of the households within the house share one or more facilities and share a common living room.
Ie: Houses occupied on a shared basis where the occupiers might share some activities communally. A download offering a more comprehensive explanation of the requirements and standards for Category B houses can be downloaded below.

Houses of Multiple Occupation - Category B (pdf)

Category C

Houses occupied or intended to be occupied in such a way that two or more of the households within the house share one or more amenities, share a common dining room and apart from the manager's/owner's household, do not cook any of their own meals.
Ie: Houses let as lodgings with lodgers not living as part of the family. Small scale operations distinct from guest house accommodation. A download offering a more comprehensive explanation of the requirements and standards for Category C houses can be downloaded below.

Houses of Multiple Occupation - Category C (pdf)

Category D

Premises, including bed and breakfast, hostels and group houses including those run by registered charities or specialised housing associations. This type of accommodation may offer shared facilities and the support of a resident warden. A download offering a more comprehensive explanation of the requirements and standards for Category D houses can be downloaded below.

Houses of Multiple Occupation - Category D (pdf)

Category E

Premises, including those which are registered under the Registered Homes Act 1984, providing full board and permanent personal care for persons by reason of old age, disablement, past or present dependence on alcohol or drugs, or past or present mental illness. Compliance with category E standards meets Housing Act requirements for the property, but does not confer registered status. The premises will be subject to formal registration with the Directorate of Social Services of Hertfordshire County Council. A download offering a more comprehensive explanation of the requirements and standards for Category E houses can be downloaded below.

Houses of Multiple Occupation - Category E (pdf)


These standards should be read in conjunction with the Registered Homes Act 1984; the Residential Care Homes Regulations 1984; the Hertfordshire policy document for private and voluntary homes issued by Hertfordshire County Council Social Services Department on 2 October 1985; and Home Life: A Code of Practice for Residential Care.

The needs of disabled residents shall be met with regard to access, movement around and use of the property.

To request a safety inspection of homes in multiple occupation, contact the Customer Services Centre on 01923 776611 or e-mail enquiries@threerivers.gov.uk

Houses of Multiple Occupation