Houses in Multiple Occupation
Updated: 22 Feb 2019
Transfer of responsibilities to Councils
It is anticipated that on 01 April 2019 the responsibility for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) regulation will transfer from the Housing Executive to local Councils.
This means that the current Houses in Multiple Occupation Registration Scheme administered by the Housing Executive is to be replaced by a Licensing Scheme to be administered by the Councils.
Therefore, from 01 April 2019 the Housing Executive will no longer have responsibility for regulating HMOs. From this date councils will be responsible for licensing HMOs, carrying out the necessary checks and inspections. They will also ensure that the property is suitable for the specified maximum number of people that will occupy it.
The Code of Practice for landlords sets out the new licensing approach. This includes the draft HMO Regulations which detail the new licensing fee arrangements. You can be read it at:
Councils will publish guidance before the introduction of the new licensing arrangements. This will ensure that HMO owners, landlords, and agents are aware of what they are required to do.
Online HMO Application, Renewal and Variation Applications
The Housing Executive accepts online applications for new registrations, renewal of a registration and variation of an existing registration.
Please visit this section for more information:
Please note that this service will not be available when the new licensing scheme administered by the Councils commences. It is anticipated that the new licensing scheme will begin on 01 April 2019.
Finding registered accommodation
The HMO Public Register is now available online, updated on a monthly basis.
- Download the latest HMO Public Register ( 918 KB)
Follow @nihecommunity for updates to the register.
We recommend that students and their parents should try to find registered accommodation as a first preference. You can find help and advice on the Studentpad website.
In order to make sure that safety standards are adhered to, we ask landlords to register properties which are being rented out to multiple occupants. Not all HMOs need to be registered. To find out whether your property needs to be registered, please read our definition of relevant HMOs.
If the property is a HMO then it must be registered. If you live in a house with multiple occupants, find out more about what the certificate should cover.
If you are a landlord and you rent out HMOs, find out what you need to do to get certification and what your responsibilities are.
You can download a number of publications from this site, including:
- a good practice guide for landlords ( 108 KB)
- the Statutory Registration Scheme report ( 575 KB)
- a fire safety guide ( 731 KB)
- A guide to the minimum standards required in a HMO ( 286 KB)
- The HMO Strategy 2009 ( 645 KB)
- HMO Fire Safety Guide 2016 amended 2018 ( 731 KB)
Our HMO offices are:
Properties within Belfast
Belfast HMO Office,
2 Adelaide Street,
Tel: 03448 920 900
Properties outside Belfast
HMO Regional Office
19 Abbey Street
Coleraine BT52 1DU
Tel: 03448 920 900