Standards for houses in multiple occupation (HMO)

All houses in multiple occupation (HMO) must meet certain standards for fire safety, amenities, management and general housing conditions.

All HMO should meet the following minimum requirements

  • the property should be maintained in a reasonable condition with adequate heating, lighting and ventilation
  • the property should be safe and secure
  • the property should meet the gas safety and fire safety standards for rented accommodation


We risk assess HMO as they become known to us and may visit the property to carry out an inspection. We may also inspect the property at any time if we receive enquiries from tenants or neighbours.

We use the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) to look at the likelihood of an incident arising from the condition of the property, and the likely harm this may cause.

If we find any hazards we will notify the landlord in writing and advise of the actions they should take to address the problem. Landlords, owners and managing agents could face an unlimited fine if they do not cooperate.