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.