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What is a HMO?

House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) properties can be rented out by at least 3 tenants who are not from a single family, but share facilities such as the bathroom and kitchen.​

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At Elliot Leigh, we specialise in alleviating the challenges and uncertainties associated with renting HMO properties by adopting full property management responsibilities.

As a bonus, we also guarantee that your rent is paid monthly - regardless even if you have an empty room in the property.

HMO Property Management

What is a HMO?

A House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is a property that can be rented out by at least 3 tenants who are not from a single family, but share facilities such as the bathroom and kitchen.​

HMO landlords have specific legal obligations and licensing requirements to ensure the safety and well-being of tenants. These may vary depending on your location, so it's crucial to familiarise yourself with the relevant regulations.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) properties can be rented out by at least 3 tenants who are not from a single family, but share facilities such as the bathroom and kitchen.​

  • Some HMOs require planning and property licensing, especially if they are deemed, a 'large' HMO. As part of our service, we can offer you advice on your licensing. 

  • Your property may require planning permission or a property license. We can help you find out whether you need planning permission and how to apply for it. 

  • A landlord without the relevant HMO license can be fined and face repaying up to 12 months' rent.

  • As a landlord, you are legally allowed to live in a HMO with your tenants. However, if you are interested in our Guaranteed Rent Scheme, a live-in landlord would be accepted as we require an empty property.

  • HMOs must have a license if the property is occupied by 5 or more people who rent from the same landlord. Licensing helps to make sure that HMOs are safe and run properly. 

  • As a HMO landlord, you have extra legal responsibilities which includes fire and general safety, water supply and drainage, gas and electricity, waste disposal and general upkeep of the HMO. 

  • There is no set rule on how many people can live in your HMO, however overcrowding is not allowed. Your local council can decide how many people are allowed to live in your HMO.

Why Elliot Leigh?

High Rental Rates

For over 20 years we have worked in partnership with local authorities and housing associations. So not only are we able to achieve the best possible rent, but also the best possible service.

Maintenance Included

We have a number of in-house specialist contractors such as gas safe engineers and electricians to minimise landlord costs. Plus we have numerous multi trade operatives, painters and cleaners who are all qualified and experienced in their relevant field.

A Certified Company

​We have been awarded IS9001:2015 / IS0 14001:2015 and are members of the Property Redress Scheme, ensuring that our service is regarded as excellent and continues to improve.

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HMO Guaranteed Rent Highlights

We have extensive experience managing both HMO properties and hostels under our Guaranteed Rent scheme.  As well as the highlights listed, our services include maximising your income, help in applying for a license, completing the additional works required, letting the entire property or just rooms as well as managing the property.

Rent Guarantee

We will take the property and guarantee the rent throughout the contract.

No Loss From Voids

​Landlords do not need to worry about empty rooms or properties, as the rent is guaranteed.

No furniture needed

We only require a fridge freezer and a cooker - no other furniture is needed.

Expert Management

You will be allocated a property manager and a property inspector who will be solely responsible for looking after you and your property.

24/7 Maintenance

We operate a 24/7 maintenance service to ensure our properties are well maintained.

Free repairs/ refurbishments

​We will complete free minor repairs at a property and will complete refurbishment works during void periods.

Useful HMO Resources

HMO Experts

​​Just like our latest project Spencer Lodge (see video), HMO properties can achieve considerably higher rents but are subject to additional requirements / regulation and need to be closely managed by someone with experience.​


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