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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 sizes

Our minimum room sizes are based on national guidance. 

One bedroom flat or bedsit

Room type Minimum size
Sleeping, living and cooking 11.0 m sq (120 sq ft)
Sleeping and living only 9.0 m sq (100 sq ft)
Living and cooking 9.0 m sq (100 sq ft)
Sleeping (with separate living space) 6.5 m sq ( 70 sq ft)
Living 6.5 m sq ( 70 sq ft)
Cooking 4.5 m sq ( 50 sq ft)

Two bedroom flat or bedsit

Room type Minimum size
Sleeping, living and cooking 16.5 m sq (180 sq ft)
Sleeping and living only 14.0 m sq (150 sq ft)
Living and cooking 10.0 m sq (110 sq ft)
Sleeping (with separate living space) 10.0 m sq (110 sq ft)
Living 6.5 m sq ( 70 sq ft)
Cooking 4.5 m sq ( 50 sq ft) 

Other health and safety standards

Download our landlords handbook for full guidance on HMO standards

This covers fire and electrical safety, building regulations and general management of a property. We're responsible for enforcing these standards and inspect HMO properties before a licence is granted.