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What are the standards for houses in multiple occupation?

Houses in multiple occupation are houses that are occupied by persons who share something, usually a kitchen or bathroom and WC. These houses are usually converted into bedsitting rooms and the occupants only have exclusive use of their room and so have to share something with other occupants. As well as bedsits, some groups choose to share, such as students, young professionals or households who offer a room or two to lodgers who share the facilities in the house with the main household. Hostels that house vulnerable groups also fall into this category.

 

HMO terrace

 

The Council has developed standards to help landlords to improve their property and keep them maintained within the law - the Housing Act 2004. The Good Practice Guide is available to download and contains useful information about general standards for all rented property and specific requirements for HMOs. There are also summaries of the fire safety standards for various property types - this can help landlords see at a  glance if their property complies.

Good Practice Guide

If you want to know more about standards for HMOs contact ehadmin@bedford.gov.uk or telephone 01234 718099

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