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Houses of multiple occupation and extended mandatory licensing

Managing a house of multiple occupation

All houses of multiple occupations (HMOs) must be sound, safe and well managed. They need to be free from health and safety hazards. Please refer to the Housing Health and Safety Rating system - chapter nine in the Landlords Guide.

One area of particular emphasis in houses in multiple occupation is fire precautions. This includes the provision of fire doors, firefighting equipment such as fire blankets and extinguishers along with automatic fire detection systems and in some cases emergency lighting. More details on the standards to be found in HMOs can be found in the Landlord and Letting Agents Guide to Responsible Renting, as below.

The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation Regulations 2006 apply to all HMOs and cover a number of items. In essence they require that the properties are kept in a good state of repair and that all facilities are in good working order at all times.