We advise on standards, issue HMO licences and take action if necessary. Information on the guidelines and standards we follow before licensing houses in multiple occupancy are below. We take action to deal with any hazards that might present a risk to the occupants. Because sharing kitchens, bathrooms, toilets and communal areas (such as hallways, stairs and landings) frequently leads to problems, the council applies the Housing Health And Safety Rating System to assess the seriousness of any shortages in areas such as:
- inadequate toilet and personal washing facilities
- inadequate food preparation facilities
- overcrowding, dampness
- inadequate heating and excessive cold
- electrical hazards
- inadequate fire safety
For more information, email Housing Standards at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on HMO licensing, phone 023 9284 1659, for housing needs and advice call 023 9268 8369 or write to Housing Standards, Portsmouth City Council civic offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2AZ.