A house in multiple occupations (HMO) is:
We work hard to identify HMOs to ensure they meet standards in fire safety and amenities and are adequately managed.
HMOs will have a much higher risk of fire than other properties. In determining whether any improvements are required, we will have regard to the LACoRS Fire Safety Guidance.
This guide has been adopted by the Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service and all councils within Suffolk.
The Housing Act 2004 introduced new regulations placing a duty on managers to properly manage the property and maintain the property and services. The regulations can be viewed via Legislation.gov.uk
Larger Houses in Multiple Occupation may require licensing by the Council.
This applies to any Houses in Multiple Occupation of three or more storeys that is occupied by five or more people, in two or more households.
Landlords who operate such properties without a licence are liable to a fine of up to £20,000. We also have the power to claim back any housing benefit paid during the time the property is unlicensed. Tenants may also apply for their rent to be repaid to them.
Criteria for licensing
The House in Multiple Occupation (or any part of it) comprises three storeys or more;
'Living accommodation' includes habitable rooms such as bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens and bathrooms.
'Integral part of the House in Multiple Occupation's includes all facilities provided for use by the occupants.
Applying for a licence
Applications must be made to Private Sector Housing. Please contact us for details.
A fee may be charged.
If your application fails you may appeal to a residential property tribunal. Any appeal must be made within 28 days of the decision being made.
We will inspect Houses in Multiple Occupation on an annual basis.