HMO Licence for 6 tenants
I have a query regarding HMO licencing. I have a 5 bedroom two story terraced house in Portsmouth which is fully licenced HMO. The house currently has following hygiene facilities covered under the licence.
- Main Bathroom – 1 Bath with Shower, 1 WC and 1 WHB
- Cloakroom toilet adjacent to the Main bathroom – 1 WHB and 1 WC
Both of these facilities are on 1st floor.
I rent this house to 5 students every year under a single AST.
I am now looking into converting the basement into a 6th bedroom and apply to upgrade my HMO licence from 5 to 6 people.
Looking at the local council’s website where they describe the hygiene facility HMO requirements for 6 -10 people as:
“2 bathrooms AND 2 separate WCs with WHBs but one of the WCs can be contained within one of the bathrooms.”
I am a bit confused with the statement in the brackets and need some guidance on that. If I build a facility in the basement with 1 shower cubical and 1 WHB, would it fulfill the hygiene facility requirement? If not what else need to be installed as minimum to fulfill the requirement?
Your help will be greatly appreciated.
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