HMOs (houses in multiple occupancy)

An HMO (house in multiple occupancy) is a property that is shared by three or more tenants who aren't members of the same family. HMO landlords must have a licence from the council for every HMO. This ensures that the property is managed properly and meets certain safety standards.

Before the council gives a landlord an HMO licence, it will carry out the following checks:

  • Is the landlord is a fit and proper person to hold a licence?
  • Is the property¬†managed properly?
  • Does the property meet the required standards?

It is a criminal offence for a landlord to operate an HMO without a licence, and they could face a fine of up to £50,000. Landlords can register by contacting their local council.

The Scottish Government has published guidelines for landlords which cover HMO standards.

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