Housing Enforcement

Houses of Multiple Occupation

All let residential properties are subject to the Housing Health and Safety Rating system, for further information please view the web page entitled ‘Landlords Responsibilities’. Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMO’s) are no exception, but given the nature of the property and the higher potential risks to the occupants, there are additional guidelines that must be taken into account.

These guidelines are:

  • Space guidelines.
  • Amenities.
  • Management Regulations.

 There is also a useful guide for landlords and managers of HMO's that you can download here

Types of HMO

There are a number of types of HMO, but they can be broken down into three forms of HMO:

Licensable

A HMO is a property which is occupied by five or more people forming two or more households, where facilities such as a kitchen, bathroom or WC are shared. It includes bedsits, shared houses and some self-contained flats. For more information relating to Licensable HMO’s, please see the Licensable HMO tab.

Non Licensable

A house in multiple occupation is where there are four or less occupants forming two or more households, where facilities such as a kitchen, bathroom or WC are shared. This includes bedsits, shared houses and some self-contained flats.

This type of HMO has guidelines relating to:

 

Buildings converted into Self-contained flats (Section 257 HMO’s)

A building (or part of) that has been converted into self-contained flats, but where the conversion did not meet the Building Regulations 1991 at the time of conversion, and still does not, and where the flats are less than 2/3rd’s owner-occupied.

This type of HMO has guidelines relating to: