Smoking and HMOs

The risk of serious injury or death as a result of a fire is ten times higher to those living in Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) when compared to those living in single-family dwellings. One of the leading causes of fires within HMOs is smoking.

HMO landlords' poster

A poster is available for landlords to display in HMOs, to highlight the fire risks from smoking inside, and to also provide information on the NHS Stop Smoking Service, for tenants who want help and advice on stopping smoking. To request a poster call us on: 020 7361 3002 or email us at: eh.housing@rbkc.gov.uk. Alternatively you can download a copy of the poster below:

Smokefree Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) poster [PDF file] (file size 217Kb)

The Smokefree HMO poster also states that smoking is not allowed in the communal areas of the building, and therefore may be used in the following HMOs:

HMOs that are also a workplace

If an HMO is also used as a place of work by more than one person (even if the people who work there do so at different times, or only intermittently), then it is considered a workplace and smoking would therefore be prohibited under the smokefree legislation. The poster fulfils the requirements of the signage that must be displayed in a workplace under the legislation. See Kensington and Chelsea Smokefree workplaces for further information.

Licensable HMOs

If the HMO falls under the mandatory licensing scheme under the Housing Act 2004, the licence holder is expected to take reasonable steps to prevent smoking in the common parts of the property. Displaying the poster will be seen as one such reasonable step.

Any other HMO

If the landlord chooses to not allow smoking in the common areas of the premises, the poster can be displayed to promote this.