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.

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 will typically carry out a property inspection within six months from the date we issue your licence.