Houses in Multiple Occupation Rules and Regulations
The Council's Responsibility
HMO's include bedsits and bed and breakfast accommodation, they can also be certain types of self-contained flats and other types of shared accommodation. A full definition of HMO's can be found in the Housing Act 2004 Definition.
Due to the shared nature of HMO accommodation there are a number of important legal provisions that apply to this type of accommodation. Some examples of these provisions are fire precautions and overcrowding standards.
The Council has a responsibility to ensure that HMO accommodation of whatever type meets minimum standards. The Council fulfils it's responsibility for HMOs by undertaking a programmed inspection of known HMOs. We also respond to complaints from occupying tenants/licensees of HMO accommodation where there are problems with the property.
The Council will enforce the standard through communication with managing agents and landlords. We will serve legal notices requiring work to be untaken where appropriate.
As part of that system, a public register is kept of licensed HMOs and the associated licensing conditions. This and other information can be seen in the Related Downloads section.
Last updated: 4th February 2013