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Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)
Some landlords need a licence to rent out their properties. This is to ensure that shared properties meet a safe and acceptable standard.
Your landlord needs an HMO licence if the property has:
five or more people, and
they are living over three or more floors
Failure to hold a licence is a criminal offence and could affect whether the landlord can charge you rent.
Don't rent a property if the landlord cannot provide you a copy of the HMO licence.
You can check Leeds City Council's public register to see if your prospective landlord has applied for their licence.
If they haven't, e.mail the firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Student Advice Centre.
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