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Course Aims:

This podcast is a detailed overview of the regime regulating HMOs. It is aimed as an introduction to practitioners not familiar with the planning and licensing requirements for such properties and the policy objectives behind such regulation.

After completing the course you will:
  • Understand what an HMO is;
  • Be aware of the categories of HMO;
  • Understand what restrictions are imposed on the use of property as an HMO and the reasons for the restrictions;
  • Understand the licensing requirements to convert a property to a HMO;
  • Be aware of the planning implications of a change of use to an HMO;
  • Understand the consequences for failing to obtain an appropriate licence or planning permission;
  • Understand some of the problems caused to local authorities by high concentrations of HMOs in particular areas.
Complex Difficulty: 4 of 5
Legislative Updates
Sources and References:
  • Housing Act 2004;
  • Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order SI No. 764/1987;
  • Barnes v Sheffield City Council (1995) 27 HLR 719.

This podcast is about the regime governing Houses in Multiple Occupation or HMOs. HMOs are an increasingly common feature of our towns and cities for a variety of reasons, principally because of a shortage of housing stock. In such circumstances, people who are otherwise unconnected by family ties opt to live with each other as a single household. This podcast addresses what an HMO is and what planning and licensing implications such that status has for landlords and tenants when purchasing or converting property for such a purpose.

Podcast added: 23/07/10

Podcast last reviewed: 2012-01-30

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