HMO standards and management
Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) are houses or flats occupied by unrelated people. Because HMOs can have large numbers of occupants, they are subject to extra rules to make sure they are safe and properly run.
Minimum HMO standards
We have adopted these into our HMO standards policy. We apply this policy to all HMOs, whether licensable or not, to ensure all shared houses meet basic minimum standards.
HMO Management Regulations
Landlords, agents and tenants of all types of HMO must comply with the HMO Management Regulations.
The HMO Management Regulations require the manager to keep all parts of the HMO safe, clean and well maintained. Tenants of HMOs must cooperate with the manager and not damage any fire safety equipment.
It is an offence not to comply with any of the HMO Management Regulations.
All HMOs must be free from serious hazards as assessed by means of the Housing Health and Safety Rating System.
HMO licence conditions
Any HMO occupied by 5 or more people must have a licence. When we issue a licence we always include a number of standard and mandatory licence conditions, in addition to any property-specific conditions we feel are needed to improve the standards and management of the licensed HMOs in Cherwell.
Housing advice visits
If you are thinking of setting up an HMO, we offer housing advice visits to help you meet our standards.
Landlords' HMO Handbook
We have produced an HMO handbook with record sheets to help landlords and agents meet their legal responsibilities.