Houses in multiple occupation (HMO)
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 a maximum of five people sharing a typical house.
|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)|
|Cooker hob with four hot plates, oven and grill||N/A|
|Kitchen sink with drainer||N/A|
|Work surface area||1000 mm x 500mm|
|Fridge||At least one shelf per person|
|Food storage cupboard per person||307mm x 735mm x 500mm|
Bathrooms must have a bath or shower, a toilet and a wash basin.
All 'risk rooms' (kitchens, living rooms, hallways and landings) must be fitted with heat or smoke detectors where needed.
Other health and safety standards
This covers fire and electrical safety, building regulations and general management of a property.
We're responsible for enforcing these standards and will typically carry out a property inspection within six months from the date we issue your licence.