Houses of Multiple Occupation: HMO Licence Conditions

The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006 (“the Regulations”) sets down specific duties that must be performed by the manager of an HMO. Failure to comply with the regulations is a criminal offence leading to fines of up to £5000.

Key duties for the landlord/manager of an HMO  under the Regulations are as follows:

The Provision of Information to Occupiers - each household within the HMO must be given the name, address and telephone number of the HMO manager.  This information must also be displayed in a prominent position within the common parts of the HMO

Safety Measures-all means escape from fire must be kept free from obstruction and all firefighting equipment fire alarms must be kept in full working order.  Reasonable measures must be undertaken to ensure that the occupiers of the HMO are not injured on account of the design or structural condition of the building/property.

Appropriate fire precaution facilities and equipment must be provided of such type, number and location is considered necessary.  The landlord/manager must ensure that smoke alarms are installed in the house and these must be kept in proper working order.  The landlord/manager must supply to the Local Authority, on demand, a declaration as to the condition and positioning such alarms.

Water Supply and Drainage-‘ adequate water supply and drainage and the installations (pipes drains and so on) must be kept in good repair and clean condition this is especially true of the storage tanks which must be covered to prevent contamination of water and water pipes which must be protected from frost damage.

Gas and Electricity Supplies-the gas and electricity supplies must not be unreasonably interrupted by the landlord or manager.   All gas and electricity installations must be inspected and tested by qualified engineer at least once every 5 years and a periodic inspection report obtained.  Gas and safety test results must be provided to the local authority within 7 days of the Local Authority making a written request for them.

Common Parts, Fixtures, Fittings and Appliances-all common parts must be kept in good decorative order and repair and must be free from obstructions.  Specific attention must be paid to handrails and banisters, stair coverings, windows and other means of ventilation.  Adequate light fittings must be available at all times for every occupier to use.

Gardens and fixtures such as outbuildings, boundary walls/fences/gates which are part of the HMO must be maintained in good repair and present no danger to Occupiers/visitors.

Maintenance of Living Accommodation -all internal structures such as fixtures and fittings, windows and other means ventilation for each room must be kept clean and in good repair and working order.  Each room and all supplied furniture should be in good and clean  condition at the beginning of the tenant’ s occupation.

Waste Disposal Facilities-steps must be taken to ensure that there is no accumulation of rubbish or litter and rubbish bins must be provided in  adequate numbers for the requirements of occupiers. Arrangements must be made for the regular disposal of litter and refuse having regard to the local authority’s collection service

Key duties for the tenant of an HMO  under the Regulations are as follows:

Not to Hinder-not to do anything which may hinder the HMO manager/landlord from carrying out their duties under the HMO regulations

Not to Damage -take reasonable care not to damage anything for which the manager has a responsibility under the HMO regulations to keep in good order or supply.

Rubbish Disposal- to ensure that rubbish is disposed in accordance with the arrangements made by the HMO manager/Landlord

Comply with Instructions -comply with all reasonable instructions from the manager/landlord related to fire Safety

If a landlord/manager or an occupier fails to comply with the HMO regulations they may be liable to a fine of up to £5000.


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