House in Multiple Occupation standards

Every House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) should have:

  • fire alarms and firefighting equipment in good working order
  • fire escapes that are unobstructed
  • water supply that is well maintained and uninterrupted (tanks covered and fittings protected from frost)
  • a well maintained drainage system (including rainwater drainage)
  • gas and electricity supply that are well maintained and uninterrupted (electrical wiring must be checked every five years)
  • a hazard free living environment
  • accommodation (including furniture) that is clean and in good repair at the beginning of occupation
  • well maintained common outbuildings and yards
  • secure and well maintained boundary walls and fences
  • facilities and arrangements for responsible waste disposal
  • well maintained common areas and fittings (clean, free from obstruction and in good decorative repair)
  • adequate lighting, available at all times

Each unit of accommodation should have:

  • fittings and appliances in good working order
  • secure doors in good working order
  • safe windows and ventilators in good working order
  • adequate lighting available at all times

To reduce sharing problems and to ensure multiple occupancy homes are of a decent standard, landlords need a licence for a large House in Multiple Occupation (HMO). Email communityconnections@plymouth.gov.uk or call 01752 398500 if you're a landlord and need advice or guidance on licensing your property.

We're responsible for enforcing these standards and we inspect properties before a licence is granted or during the period of the licence. Inspections may also be part of an improvement programme or follow a complaint.

Download Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation [PDF, 350KB]

Email communityconnections@plymouth.gov.uk or call 01752 398500 if you're a tenant and have a housing or safety issue. Wherever possible we'll work with you and your landlord to improve the property but if this fails we can use enforcement powers.