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Houses in Multiple Occupation

Updated: 29 Mar 2015
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HMOs need higher safety standards as there are greater risks
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Transfer of HMO responsibilities under the Local Government Review

The Local Government Act NI provides the framework for the transfer of responsibility for the registration of houses in multiple occupation and unfitness from the Housing Executive to the new councils. The transfer will however await the implementation of the Housing Strategy Plan 2012/17.

Online Application

The application form to register a house in multiple occupation with the Housing Executive can now be completed online
Sharing rented accommodation with friends or fellow students and workers is a good way to keep your rent and other bills down.
But Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) need high safety standards as there are greater risks involved.  For example, people frequently lock the doors of their rooms in shared accommodation, so there is an inc
reased risk in case of a fire.

Finding registered accommodation

We recommend that students and their parents should try to find registered accommodation as a first preference. You can find help and advice on the Studentpad website.
In order to make sure that safety standards are adhered to, we ask landlords to register properties which are being rented out to multiple occupants. Not all HMOs need to be registered. To find out whether your property needs to be registered, please read our definition of relevant HMOs.
If the property is a HMO then it must be registered. If you live in a house with multiple occupants, find out more about what the certificate should cover.
If you are a landlord and you rent out HMOs, find out what you need to do to get certification and what your responsibilities are.
You can download a number of publications from this site, including:
A list of registered properties is available from our HMO offices.