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Houses in Multiple Occupation

Updated: 17 Apr 2014
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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

On 9th April 2014 legislation, the Local Government Bill, was passed in the Northern Ireland Assembly, providing the framework for the transfer of various powers to the 11 new councils. This will include the transfer of responsibility for the registration of houses in multiple occupation and unfitness from the Housing Executive to the new councils from April 2015.
During the next year we will be working with the new councils to ensure a seamless transition and smooth transfer for these area of our work.
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 increased 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.