Houses in Multiple Occupation

The (HMO) Team which deals with the enforcement of standards throughout the County Borough.

These WebPages are designed to provide advice on standards for HMOs, but it is important to remember that there are a range of related matters about which it is necessary and/or advisable to consult with Council officers. Such matters may include change in the way a property is used or occupied, structural works, issues affecting means of escape in case of fire or fire precautions, change in layout, provision of kitchen, bathroom or toilet facilities, drainage connections or alterations, ventilation, landlord/tenant law, etc.

Please contact us at an early stage, the HMO team are pleased to offer advice, assistance and guidance. If in doubt contact the HMO Team on (01639) 685678 or email

Further information about our Private Rented Housing Accreditation Scheme and its benefits can also be found on this site.

General Standards

The accommodation should be to the standard required by law. Of particular relevance to HMOs are the requirements of the Housing Act 2004, Environmental Protection Act 1990, Defective Premises Act 1972, Landlord and Tenant Act 1985.

It is the landlord and managers responsibility to maintain an awareness of all current legislation relating to standards within HMOs and this would include the need to be aware of Planning and Building Control enforced matters.

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Last Updated: 11.12.2012 at 10:32

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