What is it?
A House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) is a specialist asset class where a single property is subdivided and individually rented out to different people who share some common areas such as bathrooms and kitchens. HMOs are different from purpose-built flat blocks, as they usually will have been converted from larger single buildings. We work with a range of specialist lenders who provide mortgages specifically for HMOs.
Use our flow diagram help you decide if you fall into the definition of an HMO.
When done well, HMO BTL properties can offer stronger yields than simpler BTL properties for the experienced investor.
Who is it for?
Mortgages for HMOs are intended for experienced landlords who already have a few simple properties, or an HMO, operating either as an individual or a business.
Read our HMO factsheet for more information about HMO licenses.
Read an interview with one of our clients, Sanjay Kumar, about his HMO investment strategy.
Watch video interviews between Property Investor News, Karl Griggs, and our client Sanjay Kumar about investing in HMOs.
- Watch: Financing HMO property 'the correct way'
- Watch: Planning a project to minimise finance costs
- Watch: Planning HMO layouts correctly
- Watch: Affordable co-living helps tenants pay for deposits
Investors looking to take out a HMO mortgage under the name of a limited company should refer to our Limited Companies / Special Purpose Vehicles section.
Putting a lock on every room is not the same as an HMO. If you do not ensure that your property is HMO-specific, valuers and lenders may only see it as having the value of the family home it once was.
It is particularly important with HMOs to make sure it is a high quality property in order to get the desired long term return on investment.
Be aware of local council legislation, for example where there is an Article 4 Direction in the area. This will impact on the planning permissions needed for conversion into an HMO.