Houses in multiple occupation - What is a single household?

There is no legal definition of what constitutes a single household, it can depend on the make up of the household at that time. For instance, no-one would argue that a family consisting of parents and children was anything other than a single household. However, many households contain individuals who are not related to each other but still regard themselves as a single unit. The following considerations should prove useful guidance.


The size of the household; the size of the dwelling; the type and extent of any communal living; use for temporary periods only; use of shared facilities; did the occupiers come to the property as a group or separately? do different occupiers come and go? : mode of living – who does the shopping, cleaning, cooking? Are external locks fitted to the bedroom doors, kitchen units? How are gas, electricity, water and telephone bills resolved?

These factors amongst others can be used in deciding if a property is a HIMO.

Where a tenant has a tenancy agreement for one room in a property, but shares the facilities, even if there are no locks on the doors, or other tenants in the property does not mean the property is not a HIMO.



Last Updated on Monday, May 30, 2022