Why do HMOs need to be licensed?
Why do HMOs need to be Licensed?
Larger HMOs, such as shared houses, and those containing bedsits or self contained flats, often have poorer physical and management standards than other privately rented properties.
The people who live in HMOs are amongst the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of society. As HMOs are the only housing option for many people, the government recognises that it is vital that they are properly regulated.
Licensing is intended to make sure that:
- landlords of HMOs are fit and proper people, or employ managers who are
- each HMO is suitable for occupation by the number of people allowed under the licence
- the standard of management of the HMO is adequate
- high risk HMOs can be identified and targeted for improvement
Where landlords refuse to meet these criteria the Council can intervene to ensure that:
- vulnerable tenants can be protected&
- HMOs are not overcrowded
- Councils can identify and support landlords, especially with regeneration and tackling antisocial behaviour
Houses in Multiple Occupation
- Report an empty home
- Report a rogue Landlord
- HMO enquiries
- Report housing disrepair
- I need landlord advice
- Report nuisance from another property
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