Is a property near you a House of Multiple Occupancy – illegally?
Rogue Landlords overfilling their properties is unfortunately on the rise and are not uncommon.
If you know of a house that has a high proportion of tenants and the landlord does not have the relevant license, we can help.
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HOUSE OF MULTIPLE OCCUPANCY
Unfortunately, cases of rogue landlords overfilling their rental accommodation for higher rent return are not uncommon.
If you think you know of a House of Multiple Occupancy and the landlord does not have the relevant licence or is letting the property out illegally, we can help by obtaining the necessary evidence.
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Landlords must adhere to different laws and regulations if they are renting out a house of multiple occupancy rather than renting a property out to a household. This is to ensure that people living within a House of Multiple Occupancy are afforded the same rights as people in rented households with added stipulations relating to shared areas.
This includes things such as the overall condition of the property, how clean the common areas are, the quality of the facilities, and the level of fire safety within the property amongst other things.
DO YOU LIVE IN AN HMO WHICH NEEDS INVESTIGATING?
If you have concerns regarding the standard of a house of multiple occupancy or the conduct of a landlord we can help. We work with private clients who live in HMOs and have concerns and Councils who suspect a property may be an illegal house of multiple occupancy. We work efficiently to gather the evidence you need to make an informed decision.
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions in relation to our ‘House of Mulitple Occupancy’ service. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, please contact a member of our team. All calls and forms of communication are 100% confidential.
Inspections of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) The Council has a proactive inspection programme of HMOs. If conditions in the properties inspected are not up to standard, the landlord or owner is required to improve them.
If your property is let to five or more tenants from more than one household, some or all of the tenants share toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities and at least one tenant pays rent, then your property will be considered as a large HMO and will need a licence.
A property is likely to be an HMO if its tenants are three or more people living in more than one household, and the tenants share a toilet, bathroom, or kitchen facilities. For the purposes of HMOs, a household is considered to be a single person, or members of the same family living in the same property.