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Houses in Multiple Occupation Act (Northern Ireland) 2016

Section 1: Meaning of “house in multiple occupation”

A House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is defined in Section 1 as a building or part of a building (e.g., a flat) that is classed as living accommodation and is occupied by three or more people, who are members of more than two households. Additionally, accommodation is not an HMO unless rents are payable or other consideration is provided in respect of the accommodation.  The section also introduces Schedule 1 (exceptions) and confers a power to amend the definition of “house in multiple occupation”.

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