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Running an HMO Compliant Property

House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) or ‘house shares’ are commonly found in the UK, with the biggest benefit being the cost saving for the tenants letting and tax relief for owner sharing their home.

What is HMO?

If a property is let to 3 or more tenants from more than one household, some or all the tenants share toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities and at least one tenant pays rent, then a property is considered as an HMO (or house share) and will require a license.

Who is responsible for the HMO license?

It’s your responsibility of the landlord or managing agent to apply for an HMO licence. It is an offence to operate a HMO without having obtained a licence. HMOs operating without a licence are now subject to an unlimited fine.

How often is an HMO license renewed?

An HMO licence lasts for a fixed term of 5 years. A new licence must be applied for before the old license expires to avoid fines. HMO inspections are vital in maintaining a property. It is recommended that an HMO inspection (mid-term inspection) is completed 2 to 3 times a year.

For an HMO license Council may also request the following:

  • An updated gas safety certificate every year
  • install and maintain smoke alarms
  • provide safety certificates for all electrical appliances when requested

Trust Vibrant with acquiring your HMO Compliance. We also offer bundled rates for the additional certificates you require to ensure your HMO application is successful.