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Multiple Occupation: Coronavirus

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN 55063, tabled on 4 June 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether under covid-19 lockdown measures landlords of houses in multiple occupation are able to move tenants into properties where other tenants are residing.

Answered on

12 June 2020

On 13 May we announced that anyone in England could now move home as long as they followed the advice at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/government-advice-on-home-moving-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak.

This includes those moving into an occupied House in Multiple Occupation (HMO): during viewings, HMO tenants should stay out of indoor common areas, such as kitchens, bathrooms or sittings areas. They could remain inside their own private room with the doors closed.

Tenant safety should be landlords’ and letting agents’ first priority in this or any other move.

Answered by

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government