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Last edited 09 Aug 2017
A hostel is a form of house in multiple occupation (HMO). That is, ‘… a property rented out by at least 3 people who are not from 1 ‘household’ (eg a family) but share facilities like the bathroom and kitchen. For more information see house in multiple occupation.
Hostels, specifically, are generally non-self-contained, and cater for an identifiable group of people, such as students, travellers, people who would otherwise be homeless and so on. They tend to be low-cost and may be self-catering, or may provide meals.
The Housing Benefits regulations define a hostel as a building with domestic accommodation, other than separate and self-contained accommodation, where board or facilities for the preparation of food are provided and which is:
- Managed or owned by a registered housing association; or
- Run on a non-commercial basis with some central or local government funding; or
- Managed by a voluntary organisation/charity providing care, support or supervision assisting people being rehabilitated or resettled within the community.
This does not include care homes or independent hospitals.
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