On 1 December 2017 a new type of tenancy will come into force, called the private residential tenancy, this will replace assured and short assured tenancy agreements for all new tenancies. Find out more

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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