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Environmental Health

NI Houses in Multiple Occupation

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From Monday 1 April 2019, licensing laws for shared flats and houses will change.

On this date the Houses in Multiple Occupation Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 will come in to operation and local councils across NI will take over responsibility for regulating houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) from the NI Housing Executive.

Belfast City Council will manage the delivery of the NI HMO scheme on behalf of all local councils.

Moving forward, all HMOs must be licensed by their local council and all HMO owners must comply with the Houses in Multiple Occupation Act (Northern Ireland) 2016.

You can apply online or in person at your local council office. You must provide all the relevant documentation and the appropriate fee.

Applications will only be accepted from 1 April onwards.

Support for Landlords

Our Landlord Newsletter is for private landlords within the borough.

This newsletter aims to bring you useful and topical information on a range of issues all related to private rental properties.

Further information and advice is always available by contacting the Environmental Health Department, we’d be happy to hear from you!

T: 0300 124 5000

E: MEA.envhealth@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

Autumn/Winter 2021

This edition covers the Housing Mediation Service, Landlord Registration, advice on dampness within properties, as well as some useful links.

Summer 2022

This edition aims to bring you useful information on changes in the law, tenancy agreements and energy saving advice at a time when energy prices are rising.