Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs): Outline
Houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) is a term that describes a range of housing accommodation in the private sector where there is normally some sharing of basic amenities (e.g. bath or kitchens etc) by a number of individuals living as either large or separate households.
As a Housing Authority, the Council has a responsibility to ensure that HMO accommodation of whatever type meets minimum standards. That responsibility is a mandatory duty for certain larger types of HMO premises, and a discretionary power for other smaller types of HMO premises. The Council fulfils its responsibility for HMOs by undertaking a programmed inspection of known HMOs on the basis of a risk assessment of specific conditions at particular premises. It also responds to complaints from occupying tenants/licensees of HMO accommodation where there are problems with disrepair, poor management or other defects. The Council enforces standards through dialogue with managing agents and landlords, serving legal notices requiring works where appropriate.
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