Private Rented Housing



Advice and information regarding poor housing conditions and how we can help you with these problems.

HMO standards

The new standards bring requirements into line with the Housing Act 2004 which came into force in 2006.

Why are licences needed

Information on why licences are needed particularly for larger HMOs.

HMOs exempt from licensing

Information about houses in multiple occupation which do not require a licence.

Licensing criteria

Information on what criteria an HMO must meet for it to be licensed.

About the licence

Information about the licence, how much it will cost, validation period, and conditions.

Applying for a licence

Information about applying for a HMO (house in multiple occupation) licence. The length of the application process will vary for each case.

Penalties and exemptions

If a landlord or person in control of a property intends to stop operating HMO, or reduces the numbers of occupants, and can give clear evidence, then he or she can apply for a Temporary Exemption Notice.

Smoking and HMOs

Information on issues related to Smokefree Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs). 

Houses in Multiple Occupation

Information and guidance on Houses in Multiple Occupation.

Landlord accreditation

Information for landlords on the benefits of voluntary accreditation.

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards and Energy Performance Certificates

Guidance on Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) and Energy Performance Certificates (EPC)