Houses in multiple occupation (HMO)

HMO standards

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.

Room standards

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)
Kitchens Minimum size
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.

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, and a blue lidded box (55L) for cans, plastic and glass, plus
  • an extra three rolls of purple sacks per quarter if there are six or more tenants. 
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