Advice for landlords of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)

How to reduce the risk of the spread of coronavirus in Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs).

Keeping in touch with your tenants

  • Try to make alternative arrangements to keep in contact with your tenants for example by email or through a WhatsApp group
  • If face-to-face contact is absolutely essential, make sure none of has any symptoms, is self-isolating or shielding. You should practise social distancing during any visits, keeping at least two metres apart from each other at all times. You, and any contractors, should make sure that you are following the government's guidance on hand washing when you visit the property
  • If you have tenants, who are considered to be at very high risk because of underlying conditions, and you have to visit them, wear full personal protective equipment (gloves, apron and surgical mask)

Helping your tenants stay safe during the coronavirus outbreak

  • Although your tenants are responsible for their own health, you may want to signpost them to the latest government guidance on coronavirus by email or social media
  • The NHS advice on coronavirus includes guidance on simple hygiene measures that everyone can practise to reduce the spread of the virus  
  • You may want to consider providing additional support for vulnerable tenants, such as the elderly, disabled and those with a long-term illness. If  you do, please follow the guidance above
  • You should also consider displaying copies of the goverment's advice for landlords and tenants and theNHS advice on self-isolating in common areas and supplying soap and/or hand sanitiser, where appropriate
  • If tenants are self-isolating or become ill, you should encourage them to tell you and their housemates, as all occupants will need to self-isolate

Finding out more information

For more details, please see the government's goverment's advice to landlords, tenants and local authorities on the coronavirus.

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