Managing a house in multiple occupation (HMO)

Anyone who manages an house in multiple occupation of any size has a duty of care to occupiers, including:

  • providing information about the property
  • taking safety measures
  • maintaining water supply and drainage
  • maintaining gas and electricity supplies
  • maintaining common parts and living accommodation
  • providing waste disposal facilities

Failing to manage an HMO effectively is an offence leading to fines on conviction. We we may issue a civil penalty notice for relevant offences, which carry a maximum fine of £30,000.

HMO guidance and resources