Buildings converted partly into self contained flats that are HMOs and HMO licensing

A building converted partially into self-contained flats is a house in multiple occupation if:

  • It contains one or more non-self-contained flats: i.e. bedsits or bedrooms sharing basic amenities such as a communal toilet, bathroom or kitchen
  • It is occupied by three (3) or more people: adults and children are counted as people
  • They form two (2) or more households: a household may be; either a single person, or several members of the same family all related by blood (up to first cousin distance), or marriage (or equivalent co-habiting arrangement) 
  • It is their only or main residence: includes full-time students and use as a refuge from domestic violence
  • The house is used as a home only: i.e. it's a domestic house/flat and not a commercial unit
  • Rent is payable: or other consideration, e.g. accommodation provided instead of wages

This type of HMO with five or more people require a mandatory (England-wide) HMO licence.

From 10 June 2021, all other HMOs in Oxford require an HMO licence under the Councils’ Additional Licensing scheme. For more information, see Additional Licensing scheme changes 2021.