Borough Council of Wellingborough

The new Mayor of Wellingborough

Councillor Paul Bell is the new Mayor of Wellingborough for the municipal year 2017/18. His wife Carol is the Mayoress.

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Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)

The Council is responsible for checking Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) to make sure they are in a satisfactory condition, have adequate means of escape from fire, sufficient bathrooms and kitchens, adequate space and proper management.

A house in multiple occupation is a property rented out by 2 or more unrelated occupants (who are not from 1 ‘household’ e.g. a family) that share facilities like the bathroom and kitchen. You must have a licence if you’re renting out a large HMO. Your property is defined as a large HMO if all of the following apply:

  • it’s rented to 5 or more people who form more than 1 household
  • it’s at least 3 storeys high
  • tenants share toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities

Even if your property is smaller and rented to fewer people, you may still need to follow the requirements for two storey house in Multiple Occupation

Typical Requirements for an HMO

Each occupancy shall have the use of a kitchen not more than one floor away, each kitchen for every three households should include:

  1. Cooker with four burners/hotplate, oven and grill
  2. Sink drainer with constant hot/cold water with tiled splashback
  3. Four 13 amp electrical sockets
  4. Adequate area of fixed work surface with tiled splashback

Each seperate occupancy shall be provided with food storage 0.15m2 minimum capacity, a refrigerator of 0.13m2 minimum capacity.

Space heat: all habitable rooms shall be adequatley heated by a fixed space heating appliance of either gas or electricity.

HMO Register Register of Houses in multiple occupancy
  Free to view at Council Offices.
Standard copy charges apply for paper copies
Empty Homes Work undertaken by Private Sector Housing Team