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Housing Advice - Types of Accommodation
Shared flat or houseYou will have your own room and will share facilities with other housemates, e.g. the bathroom, kitchen, and maybe a living room. Sharing can be a less expensive living option, however, bear in mind that you will be jointly responsible in the contract. 
 
Living with a resident landlordYou will have your own room and share facilities with the landlord, e.g. the bathroom and kitchen. You will usually have a licence agreement instead of a Shorthold Tenancy Agreement.
 
Private hallsThese are set up in a similar way to university halls of residence. Private halls are available through a range of companies; the majority will expect the full year's rent payment in advance.
 
Bedsit/studio flatsYou may prefer to live alone in either a bedsit or a studio. A bedsit is a one-room apartment typically consisting of a combined bedroom and sitting room with cooking facilities. You will expect to share bathroom facilities with other residents in the building. A studio flat is a self-contained space with your own kitchen and bathroom.
 
House of Multiple Occupation (HMO)A landlord requires a HMO licence if their property: 
  • is rented to 5 or more people who are not in the same family 
  • is at least 3 storeys high
  • tenants share facilities i.e. toilet, bathroom or kitchen
  • the licence ensures the property is fit for its purpose and that there are sufficient facilities for the number of people living there
 

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