Houses in multiple occupation (HMO) licences
Do I need a HMO licence?
If a HMO has 5 or more occupiers, it is a licensable HMO and the landlord must apply for a licence.
Also, HMO landlords must meet management regulations requiring them to:
- give their contact details to the tenants. Contact details and emergency contact numbers should also be displayed in the property.
- keep fire escapes clear and maintain firefighting equipment and alarms
- ensure that the property design and structure will not cause any injury
- provide adequate, uninterrupted water supply and drainage
- provide adequate supply of gas (if any) and electricity
- have gas and electrical safety certificates, provided by a member of a ‘competent person’ scheme
- keep the property and any shared gardens in good repair
- provide suitable rubbish disposal.
We carry out inspections following a complaint from a tenant as well as programmed inspections.