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.
Frequently asked questions
Our clients about us
Alex Scafolding Ltd
Daniel and his team are very hardworking, reliable and meticulous, and have done a great job of renovating the whole house inside and out including installing new bathrooms, decorating, carpentry, pointing and leadwork. They are always happy to help and we would definitely recommend them and use their services again.
Christian worked in my home and he was an absolute star! He was so professional, efficient and thorough. He listened carefully to what I wanted and excelled at not only doing exactly what was asked of him, but by going the extra mile too. He was kind, humble and gracious, and I would be very happy to have him work in my home again.
George fitted a new bar shower, he did a great job and I would definitely use him again, highly recommended.
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I have been massively impressed with the efficiency, honesty and quality of service that this company has provided. I needed some decorating, repairs to some window locks and a new electric boiler fitted in a rental flat and it needed doing quickly as the tenants were away. Not only did they do all the work in 4 days but Daniel managed to save me hundreds of pounds by sourcing a slightly dented but new boiler, which was fine as it is hidden in a cupboard and managing to repair the window handles without needing to replace them. I will definitely be using them again. It is so nice and incredibly rare to find this high level of care and consideration.
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