House in multiple occupation (HMO) and mandatory or additional licences

HMO Inspections

Will the Council Inspect my Licensed HMO?

If your property is an HMO that requires a licence, the Council have a duty to inspect to ensure it meets the fire and amenity standards and that there are no hazards under the Housing Health & Safety Rating System (HHSRS).

We are required to inspect all licensed HMOs within the licence period.

Will the Council Inspect my HMO if it doesn't need a licence?

If your property is an HMO that does not require a licence, the Council may still inspect your property if they have reason to believe there are hazards under the HHSRS.

The Council must provide the owner and occupiers with a minimum of 24 hours notice of any inspection. 

However, if we have reason to believe there are serious offences being committed, we may apply for a warrant of entry and notification would not be given to the owner / occupiers in this instance.