Houses in Multiple Occupation

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

What is an HMO?

An HMO is a house, which is occupied by people who do not form a single household. Examples include:

  • A house let as individual bedsitting rooms
  • A group of rooms on each floor let to single occupants
  • Hostels, some hotels, guesthouses
  • Lodgings, and shared houses
  • Houses converted into self-contained flats

What are the Standards?

An HMO will have to meet the Council's standards. These standards include:

  • means of escape in case of fire and other fire precautions
  • amenities such as kitchens, bathrooms toilets and wash hand basins
  • overcrowding with regards to the number and size of rooms
  • general fitness for occupation
  • management standards gas safety
  • furniture fire safety

Licensing of HMOs

Information about Licensing of HMOs


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Modified: 2014-01-28
Published: Mon, 08 Sep 2014 18:01:04
Author: Jane Simpson
Editor: Allison.Helyer
LGSL PID: 716
RDCMS ID: 7220