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Houses in Multiple Occupation Act (Northern Ireland) 2016

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. PART 1 Meaning of “house in multiple occupation”

    1. 1.Meaning of “house in multiple occupation”

    2. 2.Definition of living accommodation

    3. 3.Cases where person is treated as occupying accommodation as only or main residence

    4. 4.Persons who are members of the same household

    5. 5.Notice regarding evidence of household

    6. 6.Notice regarding continuation of occupation

  3. PART 2 Licensing of Houses in multiple occupation

    1. Requirement for and issue of licences

      1. 7.Requirement for HMOs to be licensed

      2. 8.Applications for HMO licence

      3. 9.Breach of planning control

      4. 10.Fit and proper persons

      5. 11.Satisfactory management arrangements

      6. 12.Overprovision

      7. 13.Suitability of living accommodation for multiple occupation

    2. Licence conditions

      1. 14.Licence conditions

    3. Temporary exemption from licensing requirement

      1. 15.Temporary exemption notice

      2. 16.Extension of temporary exemption notice

      3. 17.Safety and security requirements

      4. 18.Revocation of temporary exemption notice

    4. Duration and renewal

      1. 19.Duration of HMO licence

      2. 20.Renewal of licence

      3. 21.Application to renew: effect on existing licence

    5. Variation and revocation

      1. 22.Variation of licences

      2. 23.Revocation of licences

      3. 24.Variation and revocation: procedure

    6. Other provision about licences

      1. 25.Restriction on applications

      2. 26.Joint licence holders

      3. 27.Surrender of HMO licence

      4. 28.Change of ownership: effect on licence

      5. 29.Death of sole licence holder: effect on licence

  4. PART 3 Enforcement of licensing requirements

    1. Offences

      1. 30.Unlicensed HMO

      2. 31.Exceeding licensed occupancy or breach of licence conditions

      3. 32.Untrue claim that HMO is licensed

      4. 33.Agents not named in licence

      5. 34.Reasonable excuse

    2. Rectification of breaches of conditions

      1. 35.Power to require rectification of breach of condition

      2. 36.Revocation of rectification notice

      3. 37.Failure to comply with rectification notice

    3. Orders of the court: revocation and disqualification

      1. 38.Revocation orders and disqualification orders

      2. 39.Revocations and disqualifications: appeals

      3. 40.Discharge of disqualification orders

  5. PART 4 Standards of housing

    1. CHAPTER 1 Overcrowding

      1. Definition

        1. 41.Definition of overcrowding

        2. 42.The room standard

        3. 43.The space standard

      2. Overcrowding notices

        1. 44.Overcrowding notices

        2. 45.Contents of overcrowding notice

        3. 46.Requirement as to overcrowding generally

        4. 47.Requirement not to permit new residents

        5. 48.Notice requiring further information

        6. 49.Information notice: supplementary provisions

    2. CHAPTER 2 Suitability for numbers in occupation

      1. 50.Suitability notice

      2. 51.Contents of suitability notice

      3. 52.Occupancy requirements

      4. 53.Statement of remedial work

    3. CHAPTER 3 Hazards

      1. 54.Definition of hazard

      2. 55.Hazard notice

      3. 56.Contents of hazard notice: prohibitions

      4. 57.Contents of hazard notices: other matters

      5. 58.Works requirement

      6. 59.Approvals as to use of premises

    4. CHAPTER 4 Further provision about notices under this Part

      1. 60.Offences

      2. 61.Further provision

  6. PART 5 Supplementary

    1. HMO register

      1. 62.HMO register

    2. Code of practice

      1. 63.Code of practice

    3. Fixed penalty as alternative to prosecution

      1. 64.Fixed penalty: service of notice

      2. 65.Fixed penalty: effect of notice

      3. 66.Fixed penalty: power to alter amounts

    4. Appeals

      1. 67.Appeals

      2. 68.Council's statement of reasons for decisions which may be appealed

      3. 69.Powers of court on appeal

    5. Information

      1. 70.Powers to require information and documents: introductory

      2. 71.Power to obtain information from persons connected to premises

      3. 72.Power to require persons connected to premises to produce documents

      4. 73.Power to obtain information from other persons

      5. 74.Sharing of information between councils

      6. 75.Failure to provide information or provision of false information

      7. 76.Unauthorised disclosure of information obtained under section 73 or 74

      8. 77.Court to inform council of convictions

    6. Powers of entry

      1. 78.Powers of entry: without warrant

      2. 79.Powers of entry: with warrant

      3. 80.Powers of entry: supplementary provisions

    7. Other supplementary provision

      1. 81.Application by person required to take action where consent withheld

      2. 82.Obstructions etc

      3. 83.Effect of moving from accommodation for works to be carried out

    8. Final provisions

      1. 84.Fees

      2. 85.Guidance

      3. 86.Regulations and orders

      4. 87.General notices

      5. 88.Interpretation

      6. 89.Consequential amendments and repeals

      7. 90.Commencement

      8. 91.Short title


    1. SCHEDULE 1

      Buildings or parts of buildings which are not houses in multiple occupation

      1. Buildings (or parts) which are not houses in multiple occupation

        1. 1.(1) The following paragraphs list buildings which are not houses...

      2. Buildings controlled or managed by public sector bodies etc.

        1. 2.(1) A building where the person managing or having control...

      3. Establishments regulated by the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority

        1. 3.Any building where— (a) the person managing or having control...

      4. Buildings regulated otherwise than under this Act

        1. 4.Any building whose occupation is regulated otherwise than by or...

      5. Buildings occupied by students and managed by educational establishment

        1. 5.(1) Any building— (a) which is occupied solely or principally...

      6. Buildings occupied by religious communities

        1. 6.Any building which is occupied principally for the purposes of...

      7. Buildings occupied by members of the armed forces

        1. 7.Any building which is owned by the Crown and occupied...

      8. Prisons, etc

        1. 8.A prison, a young offenders centre, a juvenile justice centre...

      9. Buildings occupied by owners

        1. 9.Any building which is occupied only by the following persons—...

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      Applications for HMO licences: requirements and procedure


        1. 1.(1) An application for an HMO licence must be in...


        1. Regulations regarding notice of application

          1. 2.(1) The Department must make regulations providing for the giving...

        2. Notice to statutory authorities

          1. 3.The council must send a copy of any application for...

        3. Representations in response to notices

          1. 4.(1) A representation made in response to a notice under...


        1. 5.Paragraphs 6 and 7 apply where the council is not...

        2. 6.(1) The council must serve on the applicant a notice...

        3. 7.(1) This paragraph applies if, after the council has refused...


        1. 8.Paragraphs 9 to 13 apply where the council does not...

        2. Notice of proposed decision

          1. 9.(1) The council must serve a notice under this paragraph...

        3. Hearings

          1. 10.(1) This paragraph applies if the council decides (whether on...

        4. Consideration of application

          1. 11.In determining whether to grant the licence (and in what...

        5. Time limit for determining application

          1. 12.(1) The council must decide whether to grant or refuse...

        6. Notice of determination

          1. 13.(1) The council must serve notice of its decision on...


        1. 14.(1) A person commits an offence if—

    3. SCHEDULE 3

      Further provision about notices that specify works

      1. Part 1 Provision applying to all notices that specify works

        1. Application of Part of Schedule

          1. 1.This Part of this Schedule applies to—

        2. Listed buildings etc

          1. 2.(1) In this paragraph “protected building” means a building—

        3. Extension of date for completion of works

          1. 3.(1) The council may, in accordance with this paragraph, extend...

      2. Part 2 Failure to carry out works required by rectification notice or hazard notice

        1. Application of Part of Schedule

          1. 4.This Part of this Schedule applies if the owner of...

        2. Carrying out of work by council

          1. 5.(1) The council may carry out any work required by...

        3. Vacation of land or premises to allow work to be carried out

          1. 6.(1) Where the council— (a) is authorised by paragraph 5...

        4. Warrants requiring occupant to vacate land or premises

          1. 7.(1) Where an occupant has not complied with a requirement...

        5. Unlawful occupation etc

          1. 8.(1) A person commits an offence if the person—

        6. Recovery of expenses etc from owner

          1. 9.(1) The council may recover from the owner of the...

        7. Recovery of expenses etc from other person benefiting from works

          1. 10.(1) This paragraph applies if a court of summary jurisdiction...

    4. SCHEDULE 4

      Variation and revocation of HMO licences: procedure

      1. Notice of proposal to vary or revoke

        1. 1.(1) This paragraph applies where the council proposes to vary...

      2. Notice of proposal not to vary

        1. 2.(1) This paragraph applies where the council proposes to refuse...

      3. Hearings

        1. 3.(1) This paragraph applies if the council decides (whether on...

      4. Consideration of application

        1. 4.In determining whether (and in what way) to vary a...

      5. Notice of determination

        1. 5.(1) The council must serve on— (a) the owner,

      6. Effective date of decision

        1. 6.A variation or revocation has effect from—

    5. SCHEDULE 5

      Part 4 notices: further provision

      1. Part 1 Service and date of effect of notices

        1. Service of notices

          1. 1.(1) If a council issues a Part 4 notice, the...

        2. Operation of notices

          1. 2.(1) A Part 4 notice becomes operative at the end...

          2. 3.If no appeal is made against a Part 4 notice,...

      2. Part 2 Suspension of effect of notices

        1. 4.(1) A Part 4 notice (other than an emergency hazard...

        2. 5.(1) The council may at any time review a Part...

      3. Part 3 Variation and revocation

        1. Variation

          1. 6.(1) The council may vary a Part 4 notice in...

        2. Revocation

          1. 7.(1) The council may, or must, revoke a Part 4...

    6. SCHEDULE 6

      Definitions for the purpose of section 73

      1. Gangmasters

        1. 1.(1) This paragraph applies for the purposes of section 73(2)(e)....

      2. Utilities undertaker

        1. 2.A “utilities undertaker” means any of the following—

      3. Institution of further education

        1. 3.“Institution of further education” has the meaning given by Article...

      4. Higher education institution

        1. 4.“Higher education institution” has the meaning given by Article 30...

      5. Estate agency work

        1. 5.“Estate agency work” has the meaning given by section 1...

      6. Lettings agency work

        1. 6.(1) “Lettings agency work” means things done by a person...

      7. Housing benefit

        1. 7.“Housing benefit” means housing benefit provided by virtue of a...

    7. SCHEDULE 7

      Consequential amendments

      1. Land Registration Act (Northern Ireland) 1970

        1. 1.In Schedule 11 (matters which must be registered in the...

      2. Rates (Northern Ireland) Order 1977

        1. 2.In Article 20(1B) (rating of owners instead of occupiers in...

      3. Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 1981

        1. 3.(1) In Article 2(2), in the definition of “house in...

      4. Home Energy Conservation Act 1995

        1. 4.In section 1(1), in the definition of “residential accommodation”, in...

      5. Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

        1. 5.In Article 2(2) (general interpretation), at the appropriate place insert—...

        2. 6.(1) In Article 28(1)— (a) in the definition of “house...

      6. Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006

        1. 7.In Article 52(1) (interpretation of Part 3), for “Article 75...

      7. Water and Sewerage Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006

        1. 8.In paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 2 (premises not to be...

    8. SCHEDULE 8


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