Rules for landlords of HMOs
Do you own an HMO where at least five people live, forming two or more households? If so, you must have a licence and meet a set of important safety and amenity standards.
All HMO landlords must:
- follow our set standards for room sizes, kitchens and bathrooms
- follow fire safety guidance from the Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services (LACORS). See the Housing - Fire Safety Guidance on the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) website
- install smoke alarms and fire-fighting equipment
- install carbon monoxide alarms where there is a solid fuel appliance. See Gov.UK's Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms booklet for landlords
- keep fire escapes in repair and free from obstruction
- give contact details to the people living in the HMO
- take steps to make sure people living in the HMO are not hurt by its structural condition
- make sure there is good drainage from the HMO
- make sure there is water supply and the supply is not unreasonably interrupted
- supply us with annual gas safety certificates (if the HMO has gas) when asked
- carry out safety checks on electrical installations every five years
- make sure the supply of gas (if any) and electricity is not unreasonably interrupted
- keep the HMO's shared areas in good condition (including decorative repair)
- keep each person's separate living area in good condition, including fixtures and fittings
- maintain shared gardens
- keep in repair any outbuildings or fences belonging to the HMO
- provide suitable facilities for getting rid of rubbish.
For more information, visit: Gov.UK's Private renting web page.
Rules for people living in an HMO
If you live in an HMO you must:
- not make it hard or stop your landlord carrying out their duties
- take care not to damage anything which the landlord has a duty to repair, maintain, keep in good order or supply
- get rid of rubbish using the landlord's advice
- follow all reasonable fire safety instructions given by the manager.
Fines for failure to meet duties
You, or your landlord, can be fined up to £30,000 if you don't follow the rules.