HOUSE IN MULTIPLE OCCUPATION (HMO)


A property is considered as a house in multiple occupation (HMO) if it is rented by three or more tenants who aren’t part of the same household/family.

 

When considering converting a property into a HMO, landlords have a number of steps to take to meet the legal requirements to make the property fit and habitable for the number of tenants required.

 

When considering converting a property into a HMO it is important to consider the following:

  • Space and how much each tenant requires
  • Cooking facilities
  • WC and bathing facilities
  • Laundry and drying facilities
  • Communal spaces
  • Amenity space
  • Storage spaces (cupboard and fridge)
  • Waste storage areas
  • Cycle storage areas
  • Gas and electricity safety
  • Firefighting and fire warning equipment (higher standards are required as the risks are greater)
  • Sound and fire proofing of walls, ceilings and doors (higher standards are required as the risks are greater)
  • Parking facilities

There are many government guidelines that outline the minimum requirements for the conversion of a property into a HMO.

 

If you are considering converting your property into a HMO UK Surveyors can assist you through the conversion process to ensure that your property meets with all of the current legislation. 

 

Please note that if the proposed property is to be let to five or more tenants, the property is at least three storeys high and all of the tenants share toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities, then a HMO licence will be required.

 

It is also worth remembering that even if some of these criteria apply but not all, then you still may need a licence, it is advisable to check with your Local Authority prior to letting out any rooms.


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