If you are thinking of letting out a house to people forming more than one household need to check the rules about licensing houses in multiple occupation. If the different households will be sharing facilities such as a kitchen you probably need a licence- your local authority will give you advice about how to apply.

A landlord in Herefordshire has been fined £4,500 with costs of £2,000 for failing to have an HMO licence on a property with fourteen people living in it. If a licence had been issued it would only have been for four residents.

A spokesperson for Hereford Council said: "HMOs need to be licensed to protect the health and safety and well being of the occupants and to prevent them living in over-crowded conditions with insufficient facilities".

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