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A house is classed as an HMO if:
An HMO can be either:
If you are unsure as to whether your home is an HMO, ask your local council to check if your home is registered as an HMO.
Properties classed as HMOs come with additional landlord responsibilities
These rules are there to reduce the risk of fire, and to make sure that people living in shared houses or flats have access to decent facilities.
Your landlord must have registered and licensed your home as an HMO with the council if:
Licences usually last for 5 years but some councils grant them for shorter periods. When deciding whether to issue or renew a licence, the council will check that the property meets an acceptable standard. It will look at whether:
A landlord can be taken to court if the house or flat they're renting out is classed as an HMO but they haven't licensed it with the council.
Your landlord is responsible for any repairs to communal areas of the house.
They are also responsible for repairs to:
Individual tenants are usually responsible for minor repairs to their living areas and for fixing any items they own. You should check your rental agreement to find out who's responsible for what.
For further information:
Statutory Regulations for Tenants - http://www.welhat.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=1813&p=0
HMO FAQ's - http://www.welhat.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=3738
Having found the property you want to move into, there are some very important things you need to consider:
It is important that you read and fully understand your tenancy agreement before you sign it. Please ask us if there is anything you do not understand or contact:
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Rent Deposit Schemes
Landlord's Responsibilities for Repairs
Tenant's Responsibilities for Maintenance
Responsibility for Decorations
Residential Tenants Moving in Guide
Priority of Repairs
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