If you are renting your home from a private landlord, the leaflet called "Assured and Assured Shorthold Tenancies - A guide for tenants" may be of assistance. For information on lodging, please see "Renting Rooms in Someone's Home: A Guide for People Renting from Resident Landlords". These leaflets explain the most important features of tenants' rights and responsibilities but they are only a general guide and have been taken from the Communities and Local Government website.
For information on safety in your home, please see our home safety page.
Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)
A property is an HMO if it is let as a main or only home to at least three tenants, who form more than one household and who share a kitchen, bathroom or toilet. This includes properties such as houses or flats shared by a group of friends or colleagues, bedsit type accommodation with shared bathrooms and bed and breakfast type establishments for persons who have no other home.
We routinely carry out inspections of all known HMOs in the District. If conditions are not up to the required standards then the owner or manager is required to improve them. We will respond to complaints received from you, other people or services or external agencies such as Social Services.
Inspections look at the general conditions of the structure to check compliance with the standards required by the Housing Act 2004. These standards include:
- Damp and mould growth
- Excess cold or heat
- Crowding and space
- Entry by intruders
- Domestic hygiene, pests and refuse
- Food safety
- Personal hygiene, sanitation and drainage
- Water supply
- Electrical hazards
- Structural collapse and falling elements
If you require any further information regarding Houses in Multiple Occupation, please contact the private sector housing team as above.
Our Benefits pages also provide useful information for tenants or you can visit DirectGov website for further advice.