Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)
A house in multiple occupation (HMO) is a property that is shared by three or more people who are members of more than two families. It can also be known as a house share. HMO landlords must have a licence from the local authority. This ensures that the property is managed properly and meets certain safety standards.
The most recent figures as at 31st March 2021 show 14,862 licences in force.
Of the licences in force, 92% are accounted for by just six local authorities – Aberdeen City, Dundee City, City of Edinburgh, Fife, Glasgow City, and Stirling. City of Edinburgh alone holds an estimated 40% of Scotland's HMO licences shown in Chart 20 below.
There were approximately 9,334 applications received in 2020-21, 1% more than the year before. New applications made up around 13% of these, and the remainder were applications for license renewals.
Further detailed figures are available in the HMO Excel webtables
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