‘The Law of Houses in Multiple Occupation: A Practical Guide to HMO Proceedings’ by Julian Hunt


Paperback: 978-1-911035-65-7
Published: August 2018
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HMO law has become a hot topic in recent years with Councils’ licensing powers increasing evermore, the burden of the management regulations and the new regime of civil penalties for HMO breaches. In addition, defining what is and isn’t an HMO is no easy topic. Having an HMO might increase rents but can also increase the risk of Local Authority prosecutions for both landlords and managing agents.

This easily digested book is written primarily for lawyers but with professional investors and managing agents in mind as it goes through issues found in practice, the current state of the law and potential arguments in cases.

Of the making of HMO law there is no end.


Julian Hunt has defended HMO cases across the country. He has dealt with issues concerning licensing, management regulation breaches and whether HMOs are compliant with fire safety legislation and local council policies. He has worked with managing agents, landlords and professional investors along with planning consultants. He is a barrister of thirteen years’ call and was a Senior Crown Prosecutor in his early years. He has a website at https://housing-act-prosecution-defence-barrister.co.uk/

Julian was educated at Cambridge University and is a Lincoln’s Inn Lord Denning award winner and lives in London.


Chapter One – What is a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO)?
Chapter Two – Exempted HMOs
Chapter Three – Mandatory Licencing
Chapter Four – The Meaning of Being in Control or Managing an HMO
Chapter Five – The Management Regulations
Chapter Six – Converted Section 257 HMO Management Regulations
Chapter Seven – Fire Risk Assessments for HMOs
Chapter Eight – The Civil Penalty Regime
Chapter Nine – Sentencing in the Courts
Chapter Ten – Fit and Proper Persons for Management of HMOs
Chapter Eleven – The Rent Repayment Orders Regime
Chapter Twelve – Conclusion