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Advice for tenants

Updated: 20 Mar 2019
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The fire detection & alarm system must be working
HMO fire regulations kitchen
If you live in a HMO, (shared house, flat or bedsit) or are planning to do so, you should make sure that it has the following:
  • a valid electrical certificate issued within the last 5 years from date of required registration, confirming compliance with the applicable edition of the I.E.E. regulations. Where the property is less than 5 years old a letter or statement issued by Building Control confirming date of completion will be accepted instead*
  • where the property has a gas installation, a certificate issued within the last year by a Gas Safe (this register has replaced CORGI) registered installer, covering installation and appliances
  • that the following installations have been serviced and maintained in full working order:
    • the fire detection and alarm system
    • the emergency lighting system, where present
    • all fire extinguishers and fire blankets
* The requirement for the landlord to produce an electrical certificate or Building Control Certificate is a requirement for registered HMOs.

Ask for the registration certificate

If the house has been registered with us then the landlord will be able to show you a HMO registration certificate. This means that at the time of registration that the property complied with the Fitness for Human Habitation Standard, and the HMO Amenity and Fire standards.  
The HMO certificate also imposes certain conditions:
  • To ensure that the property is managed to a proper standard; and
  • To ensure the property continues to meet the standard to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of the tenants; and
  • Specifies the maximum number of people allowed to share the house.
If you have any issues regarding a property please contact the relevant office:
Our HMO offices are:

Properties within Belfast

Belfast HMO Office,
Ground Floor,
2 Adelaide Street,
Tel: 03448 920 900

Properties outside Belfast

HMO Regional Office
19 Abbey Street
Coleraine BT52 1DU
Tel: 03448 920 900