In my view, an HMO is simply a name for a type of residential status.
Originally Posted by accidential landlord
The same as the phrase a 'family home'.
The 'business' is the letting of the property, and not the type of residential let that one happens to be operating.
Otherwise, if you let your property to a couple, the interpretation would have to be the same - i.e. that you were operating a business in the house because you were letting the property, which is clearly not the definition of operating a business.
The fact is, the tenants purpose for being there is for them to eat, sleep and rest - there is no business activity going on.
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