Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO's)
Cyngor Sir Ceredigion County Council has been successfully working in partnership with property owners/landlords to improve both the safety and quality of the housing stock within the Private Rented Sector. It is one of our aims to ensure that all tenants are safe from the risk of fire and other potential hazards and that shared housing is of a high standard with regard to their general facilities, amenities and living conditions.
The law requires that houses meet certain standards. All accommodation must be fit to live in, so it should be in good repair with decent kitchen and bathroom facilities.
The Housing Act 2004 changed and improved the way in which Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) are regulated , some of the changes came into being in Wales on June 30th 2006.
The 2004 act stated that a HMO is a building or part of a building that:
- a. Is occupied by more than one household and where more than one household
shares or lacks an amenity such as a bathroom, W.C. or cooking facilities.
- b. Is occupied by more than one household and is a converted building, but is not
entirely self-contained flats (whether or not some amenities are shared or lacking).
- c. Has been converted to self-contained flats, but does not meet as a minimum
standard the requirements of the 1991 Building Regulation provided at least one third of the flats are occupied under short tenancies.
- d. Occupied by three or more persons, forming two or more households.
A household is defined as:
- a. Families (including single people, couple and same sex couples).
- b. Other relationships, such as fostering, carers and domestic staff.
If you live in a property in which three or more people live, at least one of whom is unrelated to the others and where you share facilities your council may call this type of accommodation a 'House in Multiple Occupation' or HMO.
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