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Houses in Multiple Occupation Act (Northern Ireland) 2016

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1.—(1) A building or part of a building is a “house in multiple occupation” if—

(a)it is living accommodation (see section 2),

(b)it is occupied by 3 or more persons as their only or main residence (see section 3),

(c)those persons form more than two households (see section 4), and

(d)rents are payable or other consideration is to be provided in respect of the occupation by at least one of those persons of the living accommodation.

(2) But a building or part of a building within subsection (1) is not a house in multiple occupation if it is listed in Schedule 1 (exceptions).

(3) The Department may by regulations amend this section, sections 2 to 4 and Schedule 1 as it considers appropriate in order to provide that any building or part of a building of a description set out in the regulations is or is not to be a house in multiple occupation for the purposes of this Act, or for such purposes of this Act as are specified in the regulations.

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