Houses in multiple occupation (HMO)
In this section:
Landlords must meet minimum standards to keep your home safe and free from health hazards. This includes acceptable space for the size of the property and number of tenants.
Our standards are based on national guidance from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.
These standards are for a maximum of five people sharing a typical house. For six or more people sharing, extra facilities will be required.
|Bedrooms occupied by one person||Minimum size|
|With separate living space||6.5 sqm (70 sq ft)|
|Without separate living space||9 sqm (100 sq ft)|
|Bedrooms occupied by two people||Minimum size|
|With separate living space||10 sqm (110 sq ft)|
|Without separate living space||14 sqm (150 sq ft)|
Bedrooms must have at least four double power outlets, or three where they have USB ports. Living rooms must have at least three double power outlets.
|Cooker||Hob with four hot plates plus oven and grill|
|Kitchen sink||Sink with drainer and hot and cold water|
|Work surface area||2000 mm x 500mm|
One fridge freezer at least 550 mm wide x 1500 mm tall
or one undercounter fridge and one undercounter freezer
|Food storage||500 mm width base cupboard or equivalent size wall cupboard per person|
|Bath or shower||One standard size bath or a shower|
|Hand basin||Hand basin with hot and cold water|
Bins and waste
Landlords must supply appropriate bins and sacks at the start of the tenancy (and replace them where needed). This includes:
- a blue lidded bin (240L)
- a red lidded bin (180L)
- a black lidded bin (180L)
- two silver caddies for food waste (23L and 5L)
- full details of bin collections and recycling information
Where there is nowhere to store bins, or for properties that already have a purple sack collection, we will provide a roll of purple sacks per quarter. In addition, landlords must provide:
- a red lidded box (55L) for paper and cardboard
- a blue lidded box (55L) for cans, plastic and glass
- an extra three rolls of purple sacks per quarter if there are six or more tenants