Houses in multiple occupation and shared accommodation problems
This section looks at the Scottish legislation and issues associated with houses in multiple occupation (HMOs). It also considers some common problems where tenants share accommodation or have joint tenancies.
On 31 August 2011 the legislation covering the licensing of House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) changed.
An HMO is a house which is the only or principal residence of three or more unrelated persons.
The rights and protection given to occupants of HMOs depends firstly on whether the occupant is a tenant.
The precise legal status of the occupant is of importance in an HMO as it determines their rights in relation to a range of matters including repairs, eviction, succession and rent. This section also looks at problems with joint tenancies.
This section deals with issues arising from subletting, subtenancies and assignation.
This section examines some of the common problems and disputes that arise in HMOs.
There is no enforceable code or set of regulations that applies universally to houses in multiple occupation, although there are general standards.
Local authorities have potentially a very wide range of powers available to control and regulate HMOs.
A local authority has a very wide range of powers to take action in respect of HMOs. But in comparison, its duties are relatively limited.
In respect of furniture and furnishings, landlords have duties under various pieces of legislation.
Last updated: 3 December 2020