Friday, 21 September 2018
If a house is three or more stories high and houses five or more tenants forming more than one household, then it is classed as a large House of Multiple Occupancy. Student houses are often classed as large Houses of Multiple Occupancy. Such houses come with certain obligations for the landlord.
In large Houses of Multiple Occupancy, landlords have certain specific responsibilities:
First, you must obtain a license from your local council (you can be fined and ordered to repay up to 12 months rent if you do not have a license).
You will be responsible for any repairs to communal areas of the home, as well as:
- the structure and exterior of the house – including the walls, window frames and gutters
- water and gas pipes
- electrical wiring
- basins, sinks, baths and toilets
- fixed heaters (radiators) and water heaters
You must also make sure:
- proper fire safety measures are in place, including working smoke alarms
- annual gas safety checks are carried out
- electrics are checked every 5 years
- the property is not overcrowded
- there are enough cooking and bathroom facilities for the number living there
- communal areas and shared facilities are clean and in good repair
- there are enough rubbish bins/bags
If you are renting out a large House of Multiple Occupancy and you would like help in making sure you are fully compliant with all rules and regulations, we offer a Managed service that ensures you are ticking all the right legal boxes. Give us a call on 01604 823456 to find out what your options are and how we can help you.