HMO Conversion (house in multiple occupancy)
What is HMO?
A house in multiple occupations (HMO) exists where three or more unrelated people live in a property and share amenities such as a kitchen, bathroom and/or WC.
This could be a flat, maisonette or a house, and the occupiers could be on one or multiple tenancy agreements.
Why is the Council concerned about HMOs?
HMOs, provide affordable housing for many young and vulnerable tenants. However, it is possible to find the very worst housing standards in HMOs and these tenants are most at risk from poor management. The most common problems associated with multiple occupancies relate to poor fire safety standards, overcrowding, inadequate facilities and poor or unscrupulous management. HMOs will be inspected for hazards using the housing health and
safety rating system under Part 1 of the Housing Act 2004.
What can we do for you?
We can transform your house into three different types of HMO:
1. Bedsit type properties Houses occupied as individual rooms, including some or all as bed-sits and flatlets. There will be several rooms for exclusive occupation, not necessarily behind one door, with some sharing of amenities such as a bathroom and/or toilet and generally having its own food preparation and cooking facilities with no communal dining or living area. In bedsit type accommodation, all lighting, fire alarm systems, emergency lighting is to be provided, maintained and paid for by the landlord or their agent.
2. Shared Houses Houses occupied on a shared basis as though by a single-family or “household” but are legally HMOs, as the occupants are not all members of the same family. (N.B. the Housing Act 2004 defines a “household” as comprising members of the same family, therefore, student accommodation with 3 or more occupants is an HMO).
3. Houses converted entirely into self-contained flats. These are not subject to Mandatory or Additional Licensing unless an individual flat meets the licensing criteria. Conversions made under and certified with Building Regulation approval after 1991 are no longer legally HMOs, but older conversions will still be HMOs.
Whatever is your preferences, we can do all types of property conversion to HMO.
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Our clients about us
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