NLA House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Course

Wed 24 Apr 2019
09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Arrival Time:
09:15 AM
Start Time:
09:30 AM
Finish Time:
05:00 PM
St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester
M12 6FZ
More Information:
£175.00 (Non-member) - £140.00 (NLA-member) - £140.00 (UKALA-member)
Bookings now closed.

Event Overview:

About the venue

The Centre is within easy reach of Manchester City Centre and is easily located from all major road and public transport routes, especially if you are not familiar with Manchester.


There is on-street parking around the St Thomas Centre, but this can get really busy. Therefore we have secured dedicated car parking space approximately 5 minutes walk away for visitors to the St Thomas Centre. The parking charge is £2.50 (all day).

There is a frequent bus service between London Road (the road linking Piccadilly railway station to Piccadilly Gardens) and Ardwick Green via bus nos 192, 196, 201, 203, 204, 205. The journey takes less than 5 minutes and is operated by Stagecoach Manchester. For local public transport information contact TfGM on 0161 244 1000.

From Piccadilly Station – By Bus – take the Fairfield St exit from the station (signed “local buses”). As you leave the station by the taxi stand the bus stop is immediately on your right on the same side of the road. You can take any of the bus nos. above and ask for Ardwick Green.

On Foot – (0.5 miles / 12 minutes) take the Fairfield St exit from the station. Walk straight ahead and cross Fairfield St by the pedestrian crossing (ignoring the crossing to the right). Follow London Road under the railway bridge. Continue past the McDonald Manchester hotel following the sign for the A6 to Stockport. Cross under the flyover (Mancunian Way) and London Road becomes Downing Street. Continue past Storage King and the School of Sound Recording until you arrive at Ardwick Green North. Turn left past the army base and follow the road around to the right behind the park. The St Thomas Centre is the church building on the left set back from the street next to Cotter Street.

From Victoria Station – On arrival you can transfer onto the Metrolink tram with your train ticket for your journey to Piccadilly Station. Exit Piccadilly Station and take a bus or walk as outlined above. For National Rail Enquiries telephone 08457 484950. 

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Course Information

House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) can look like an attractive market, but they also come with additional requirements and are increasingly subject to more rules and regulations.  If you are considering investment or changes to your portfolio or even unsure if you now fall within this category after changes to legislation, let us give you an insight to what is required.  Gain an understanding of all the knowledge you will need to plan your business and stay the right side of the legal requirements.

This one-day course is designed to help landlords understand the general regulations and requirements within the HMO market. To assist to plan, research and identify the right market or whether a property will work as an HMO.  Look at avoiding the pitfalls and what to do when challenging decisions. We provide practical guidance and tips for HMO landlords to avoid large penalties.

We will guide you through:

  • Understanding the complexities of an HMO
  • Researching, funding and finding suitable properties
  • Identifying the types of licence required
  • Pros and Cons of investing in HMO’s
  • HMO management and regulations responsibilities
  • Avoiding penalties that carry penalties up to £30,000
  • Effective management of an HMO
  • The process of inspections and enforcement
  • How to appeal or apply to vary an order

Specific topics will include:

  • Introduction to a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO)
  • What is an HMO?
  • Locating and sourcing
  • Funding and financing
  • Mandatory licensing
  • Additional and selective licensing
  • HMO standards
  • The HMO management regulations
  • Planning controls
  • Understanding the Housing Health and Safety Rating System
  • Fire, electrical safety ratings
  • Common parts 
  • Managing orders
  • HMO enforcement
  • Variations and temporary exemptions
  • Appealing a decision

Trainer Profile

Ruth Rowntree

Ruth felt she needed a place which gave her accurate and concise detail of being an effective landlord especially as PRS legislation changes so rapidly and the area is so vast. The NLA website, bulletins and magazine gave her that and enabled her to do her job as a landlord better. Having enjoyed being a member she decided to contribute more by becoming an NLA Representative in April 2012. Since taking up the post, Ruth has contributed to growing membership in the North West by running meetings in locations including Blackpool, Carlisle and Lancaster.

Ruth mainly rents to working professionals with a range of houses and flats based in North Scotland, Preston and London. She is positive about the private rented sector and feels it offers real opportunities, especially for working mothers like herself. She feels it offers a unique level of flexible working, which enables her to be a parent and manage her portfolio.