A house in multiple occupation (HMO) is defined by the Housing Act 2004 as a building, or part of a building, that is occupied by persons who do not form a single household - in other words, are not family members.
Since April 2010, an application must be made for planning permission when converting a property into a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) which will be occupied by more than 6 persons.
You can also revert back to a dwelling house without the need for an application.
Approval will be required under Building Regulations for conversion of a building into a House in Multiple Occupation which will be occupied by more than 5 persons.
Extended mandatory HMO licensing will apply from 1 October 2018 to all HMOs occupied by five or more persons forming more than one household. This is now regardless of the number of storeys to the building.
It is an offence to operate a House in Multiple Occupation which meets the licensable criteria without a licence.
There will be a fee for a licence which is £551.
You can apply for a licence by downloading the form below:
Once complete, email the form to Property Services or send it to:
Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Councils
8 Russell Road
Ipswich IP1 2BX
The fire standards set out in the HMO Fire and Amenity standards document are the minimum standards to be achieved and should be used as a guide only.
The actual provisions required will be dependent on a risk assessment carried out by a council officer.
The HMO Fire and Amenity standards document is available to download:
The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Regulations 2006 apply to all HMOs.
These regulations impose duties on both managers and tenants to ensure that the property is maintained to a good standard.
The manager must ensure that common parts, fixtures, fittings and appliances are well maintained, in good repair and clean condition.
The manager must ensure that the living accommodation is well maintained. Each unit of living accommodation and any furniture supplied must be in a clean condition at the beginning of a tenancy. The internal structure of living accommodation and any fixtures, fittings or appliances supplied within it must be maintained in good repair and clean working order, subject to the tenant behaving in a tenant-like manner.
The manager must take reasonable safety measures to ensure that:
A notice must be displayed in the HMO giving the name, address and telephone number of the manager so that residents have someone to contact.
An adequate number of bins for refuse disposal must be provided. The manager must make sure that rubbish does not accumulate and should arrange for the disposal of refuse and litter according to the services provided by the council.
Tenants and occupiers should:
All HMOs are inspected with regard to the following: