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
To find out more information about HMO licensing and to request an application pack, please contact the private sector housing department at email@example.com. Large HMOs operating without a licence could be subject to a fine of up to £30,000.
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
- Fire Precautions
- Space Standards
- Facilities (see below)
The HMO register is free to view at the Council Offices.
For all queries, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org