Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs) require a higher level of management than single household properties and specific regulations are in place to ensure this.
Landlord and managers of HMOs must comply with management regulations.
- Management Regulations for HMOs (with shared facilities)
- Management Regulations for HMOs converted into self-contained flats
- Some HMOs need to be licensed and require even higher standards see HMO Licensing for more details
- All HMOs require fire precautions and some HMOs will require a fire risk assessment. Fire precautions should follow the principles of the LACORS Housing Fire Safety Guidance.
- All HMOs must be free from significant health and safety hazards. Our Property Standards page provides more information. .
Summary of HMO management duties
Managers of HMOs are required to:
- Provide management information to occupants and display the name, address and telephone number for the manager clearly in the HMO.
- Take safety measures including fire safety - keep escape routes free from obstruction and maintain fire alarms and equipment in good working order.
- Protect occupiers from injury - appropriate safeguards must be maintained for roofs, balconies and low windowsills.
- Maintain water supply and drainage in good, clean working order and protected from frost damage.
- Supply and maintain gas and electricity; ensure the electrical installation is inspected and tested every 5 years and supply gas safety certificates and electrical reports to the council within seven days of a request.
- Maintain common parts, fixtures, fittings and appliances in good order and repair.
- Maintain living accommodation in a clean condition at the beginning of the tenant's occupation and in good repair.
- Provide waste disposal facilities suitable for the size of each household.
Occupants are required to:
- Not hinder the manager in his duties and cooperate with reasonable requests.
Failing to comply with the HMO management regulations is a direct offence, subject to a financial penalty of up to £30,000 or an unlimited fine on summary conviction.
For further advice contact the Private Sector Housing Team by email: email@example.com or call 0300 303 8588.