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When everyone has a home

Housing advice for Northern Ireland

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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Sharing arrangements don't always work out. If you're having problems with the people you're sharing with, don't ignore the issue. Try to resolve the situation. If you've signed a tenancy agreement, it will be difficult to leave the property before it has lapsed.

Locuințe cu Ocupație Multiplă – (HMO) sunt locuințe partajate între chiriași care nu sunt membrii aceleiași familii. Există reguli speciale pentru locuința dvs. dacă locuiți într-o casă cu mai mulți ocupanți (HMO).

 

When a landlord applies for a licence for a HMO, the property is approved for a maximum number of persons. If there are more people living in the property than the license allows, the landlord has committed an offence.

 

The council will only grant a HMO licence if it is satisfied that the management arrangements for the property are satisfactory. As well as meeting the fit and proper person test, owners and managing agents are subject to a Code of Practice. Breaching this code could lead to losing your licence.

In certain circumstances, the council can revoke your HMO licence.

Комунално жилище (HMOs) са споделени от наематели, които не са членове на едно семейство. Съществуват специални правила за вашия дом, ако живеете в жилище, обитавано от няколко отделни лица/семейства (House in Multiple Occupation, HMO).

 

Renting a room in a shared house used to be something associated with students or young people. But, this type of renting arrangement is becoming much more common, and many people live in shared housing well past their student years.

A house in multiple occupation, or HMO, is a particular type of rented housing, but not all shared housing will be a HMO. It's important to know if the home you are renting should be classed as a HMO. If it is, it must be licensed and meet extra safety standards.

Dealing with anti-social behaviour in any type of property can be difficult. Shared properties that are HMOs have extra requirements relating to managing this type of behaviour. The HMO manager must have a policy or plan to deal with any anti-social behaviour caused by or affecting the people living in the HMO.

The council will only grant a HMO licence if it is satisfied that the management arrangements for the property are satisfactory. As well as meeting the fit and proper person test, owners and managing agents are subject to a Code of Practice. Breaching this code could lead to losing your licence.

Certain decisions about HMOs can be appealed at County Court. There are strict time-frames for requesting an appeal and you will need a solicitor to carry out this work for you.

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