NLA House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) Course

Tue 16 Jul 2019
09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Arrival Time:
09:15 AM
Start Time:
09:30 AM
Finish Time:
05:00 PM
Park Inn by Radisson, York City Centre, York,
More Information:
£175.00 (Non-member) - £140.00 (NLA-member) - £140.00 (UKALA-member)
Bookings now closed.

Event Overview:

Park Inn by Radisson York City Centre is at the heart of the historic cathedral city of York. The hotel is near all city-centre attractions including York Minster, shopping, transport systems and business precincts.

The East Coast Main Line train station is within walking distance for easy access from much of the UK. By car the hotel is easy to reach from the UK motorway network and on-site parking is available at a charge (see below).
Transport options

By rail: York Train Station – 650 m (10-minute walk)
By car: Quick access to the A1/M1 motorway via the A64 or A19


The hotel has onsite parking for up to 60 cars, on a first come first served basis. The Car Park is secure and chargeable. Payment for the hotel car park can be made at the ticket machine in reception by cash, or at reception using cash or card.

Alternative parking is available at the NCP Tanner Row, which is 220 m (3-minute walk) from the hotel. 

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

As an NLA Director, Representative and Trainer in the North East since 2011, Steve Simpson will already be familiar to many NLA Members in the region.

Steve has worked closely with the NLA for a number of years, originally as National Sales Manager for NLA Mortgages, and for the past five years he has been NLA Representative for the North East, covering County Durham and Tees Valley. “I feel I know the NLA as an organisation, what it stands for and how it assists landlords.”

In addition to his experience of being a landlord, Steve brings to the NLA Board his wide-ranging skills of working at senior management and board levels in financial services and a local association, and feels that at this stage in his career he can devote the necessary time, energy and commitment to the role of Non-Executive Director. “The private rented sector is going through some significant change currently,” he commented. “I am a small and therefore typical landlord. If I wasn't a member of the NLA, I am sure I would struggle to keep up to date with the changes,” he adds. “While there are challenges, there is also a bigger need than ever for landlords to use the NLA to assist them with their investment and properties, so this represents a significant membership opportunity that I hope to help the NLA capture.”

Steve has held senior positions with Keystone Buy to Let Mortgages (a joint venture between Aldermore and Mortgages for Business) as well as with the Business Mortgage Company. “During my time in financial services, I was successful in developing strong commercial relationships and sponsorship, and I feel I can assist the NLA in these areas.