Information about Houses in Multiple Occupation
Since 1 April 2019 the legal responsibility for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) regulation has transferred from the Housing Executive to local Councils.
This means that the former Houses in Multiple Occupation Registration Scheme administered by the Housing Executive has been replaced by a Licensing Scheme administered by the Councils. The Housing Executive will no longer have responsibility for regulating HMOs.
Councils will now be responsible for licensing HMOs and carrying out the necessary checks and inspections.
They will also ensure that the property is suitable for the specified maximum number of people that will occupy it.
Belfast City Council will manage the delivery of the Licensing Scheme on behalf of all local councils.
Any enquiries or issues regarding HMOs should be directed to Belfast City Council in the first instance.
The contact details are as follows:
Telephone Number: 028 9027 0428
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Full Postal Address:
The NI HMO Unit
Belfast City Council
4-10 Linenhall Street
Information for private landlords
Further information and advice for private landlords is available here.