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Houses in multiple occupation standards

Houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) are required to meet safety standards in the same way as single family homes.

This means that a wide range of hazards identified through the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) can be dealt with. Our enforcement policies explain the circumstances in which we will take formal or informal action.

Some HMOs require a licence. Licences include some mandatory conditions, but we can also include other conditions if necessary.

We have adopted a range of standards for licensed HMOs that have to be met. They are explained in the HMO standards document which is available as a download on the right.

Our overcrowding and space standards apply to all HMOs whether or not they need a licence.

The HMO management regulations also apply to all HMOs. The regulations place extra duties and responsibilities on HMO landlords and managers. To help show that you are complying with these you can download a Landlords' Handbook and keep it up to date.

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