The council has a number of enforcement tools available to deal with problems in HMOs. As well as a system of fixed penalty notices, the council can serve certain statutory notices on a HMO owner or manager. These include
- a hazard notice, if the property includes certain hazards likely to cause harm to the occupants;
- an overcrowding notice, if the property is overcrowded or is likely to become overcrowded;
- a notice requiring further information relating to overcrowding;
- a suitability notice, if the council believes that the property is not suitable for the number of persons occupying it.