Safety inspection - homes in multiple occupation
The Council inspects all Houses in Multiple
Occupation (HMOs) to ensure they comply with Management
Regulations. If conditions in the properties inspected are not up
to standard, the landlord or owner is required to improve
The Housing (Management of HMO) Regulations 1990 state that it
shall be the responsibility of the manager of the HMO to ensure
that the following are maintained in repair, clean condition and
good order (including, where appropriate, proper working
Water Supply, Drainage and General Services
All means of water supply and drainage in the house are to be
maintained, repaired, kept clean and be protected against frost
Tanks and cisterns should be clean and covered.
The manager shall not unreasonably cause the supply of water, gas
or electricity to be interrupted.
Parts and Installations in Common Use
The manager shall also ensure that common areas such as staircases,
passageways, corridors and entrances are kept reasonably free from
All handrails and banisters and any stair coverings should be kept
repaired or replaced or be provided where necessary for the safety
of the residents.
Included are installations that serve any part of the house in
- installations for the supply of gas and electricity, for
lighting and for space heating or heating water;
- sanitary conveniences, baths, sinks, washbasins and
installations for cooking or storing food;
- receptacles or other installations provided in connection with
the delivery to the house of postal packets;
- other installations (if any) in a kitchen, bathroom, lavatory
or washroom which are not subject to any of the foregoing
provisions of these Regulations.
The internal structure of any part of the house occupied by a
resident as his living accommodation including the installations
for supply of water, gas, electricity, and sanitation are in and
remain in good repair.
Lighting, Windows and Ventilation
Includes all windows and other means of ventilation. The manager
shall ensure that installations for lighting serving any part of
the house in common use are readily available to residents,
including lighting for staircases and entrances to the house, which
are used by residents whether or not they are in common use.
Means of Escape from Fire
All means of escape from fire in the house and all apparatus,
systems and other fire precaution equipment are to be maintained
and kept free from obstruction. It shall be the responsibility of
the manager to display in suitable positions in the house signs
indicating all means of escape from fire in the house.
Outbuildings in Common Use
Includes all outbuildings, and outside areas which belong to the
house and are in common use. They should be maintained in good
clean condition, and any boundary walls, fences and railings should
be kept in good repair so as not to constitute a danger to
It is also required that the manager should
- That refuse and litter are not allowed to accumulate in the
house, except when pending disposal, and he shall provide and
maintain suitable refuse and litter bins, except where they are
provided by the local authority. They are also responsible for the
disposal of any refuse if the local authority fails to do so.
- That reasonable precautions are taken to ensure the general
safety of the residents of the house with regard to the structural
conditions of the house and to prevent access to any areas that are
unsafe, including window sills that are at or near floor
- That the name, address and telephone number of the managing
agent or landlord of the house is displayed in the house.
- That the local housing authority is provided with particulars
requested by written notice with regard to the following:
1. the number of individuals and households accommodated
within the house
2. the numbers of individuals in each
3. the purpose for which each room in the house is
Duties of Residents
It is the duty of all residents of the property to ensure that the
agent can effectively carry out his duties.
All residents must:
- allow the manager reasonable & appropriate access, at all
reasonable times, to any occupied rooms so that
landlord/manager/agent may carry out their duties
- provide the manager on request with any relevant information so
that the landlord/manager/agent may carry out their duties
- comply with arrangements made by the landlord/manager/agent in
respect of fire precautions or litter storage and disposal
- take care not to hinder in any way the landlord/manager/agent
in the performance of his lawful duties
- take reasonable care to avoid damaging anything which the
landlord/manager/agent is under obligation to keep in good
To contact the Private Sector Housing team call 01622
602470 or email
Private Sector Housing.