A house in multiple occupation (HMO) is defined as a property rented out by at least 3 people who are not from 1 household (e.g. a family), but share facilities like the bathroom and kitchen. Landlords may need to meet additional requirements in order to rent out the property, such as obtaining a licence for a large HMO.
Signing of lease
The signing of the flatshare lease is an essential step that is not to be neglected. If a resident does not sign a lease with the landlord, they will not be considered as a roommate, but as a sole occupant, even if they participate in the payment of rent.
The law does not require all tenants to be insured individually, but at least one of the flatmates must be insured for the rental risks. Each year, the landlord is entitled to request a proof of this subscription, and to terminate the lease in the absence of insurance. Roomlala strongly recommends each flatmate to be insured to avoid the consequences of any potential damages in the accommodation.