This page should is about sharing your home with others and it will help you avoid problems and get along with whoever you share your accommodation with.
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:
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.
Sharing a flat or house is usually cheaper than living on your own. You might want to consider if anyone in the accommodation will be a student, as this affects your council tax liability. If there is any difference between yourselves in terms of who needs to pay council tax, you will need to agree in advance how this bill is divided up.
Sharing your living space can create its own problems, so before moving into a shared flat or house, you might want to think about the following things:
If you pull your weight and keep to your own space you should avoid any major problems.
Your rights and responsibilities will depend on whether you are a joint or separate tenant:
Remember From 1 December 2017 the private residential tenancy came in to replace assured and short assured tenancies
Regardless of how well you know your housemates, just going with the flow rarely works. If you can, you should try and set a few house rules from the start of the tenancy: