There are many properties that will now fall under the definition of a HMO (Houses in Multiple Occupation), broadly those occupied by more than three people who form more than one household, but this is open to interpretation by the Local Authority.
Since 6 April 2010, changes implemented by The Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Amendment) (England) Order 2010 mean that landlords wishing to let their property to professional sharers or students may need to obtain planning permission to change the use classification of their property.
scottfraser offer free of charge advice if your property requires planning permission or falls into the HMO mandatory licence and can assist you with any specific requirements. Our in-house Compliance Officer,Victoria Mellor, ensures that our HMO properties comply with any updates to the legislation.
Oxford City Council Contact for HMO Registration:
HMO Licensing Officer
Environmental Health Department
Oxford City Council
10 St Ebbes Street
Oxford OX1 1PT
Tel: 01865 252837
Or for quick reference download our HMO Factsheet for Landlords.