Rules for management and maintenance of good housing conditions in houses in multiple occupation (HMO)
Last updated: 23 March 2021
The standard test for a house in multiple occupation (HMO) is whether more than one household shares a basic amenity, such as bathroom.
Rules on licensing of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) including conditions that can be attached and how the local authority assesses the suitability of the property.
Duties of managers and occupiers of a house in multiple occupation (HMO), whether it is licensed or not, and possible sanctions.
Powers of local authorities to deal with hazards and overcrowding in Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOS).
A landlord of an unlicensed HMO cannot serve a valid section 21 notice. The person managing an unlicensed HMO may be committing an offence.
Local authorities may vary or revoke a licence or make a house in multiple occupation (HMO) temporary exempt from licensing.
Interim and Final Management Orders may be used if there is no proper person to manage a house in multiple occupation (HMO).
Selective licensing for privately rented housing is available if local authorities believe it would reduce or eliminate specific housing problems.