AM I A HMO? (House in Multiple Occupation)
If you have 3 and/or 4 people (that are NOT related to each other) and they share the same amenities (i.e. Kitchen) then you ARE A HMO.
So for example, if you own or a manage a normal terraced house let out to 3 or 4 unrelated students/professionals who share a kitchen it is a HMO, irrespective of the number of floors in the building and irrespective if they are on a single or joint tenancy agreement.
THE LEGAL DEFINITION
Under the Housing Act 2004, if you let a property which is one of the following types, it is a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO):
An entire house or flat which is let to 3 or more tenants who form 2 or more households and who share a kitchen, bathroom or toilet.
All HMO’s in Coventry will require a HMO licence. This means all 3 and 4 bedrooms will need to apply for a HMO licence, to continue to operate lawfully.
Coventry City Council have announced “Additional Licensing” scheme. This means ALL 3 and 4 bedroom type HMO’s will require a HMO licence. HMO licensing used to only apply to 5 or more unrelated occupants (that share a facility). It is an offence if you do not comply with these regulations.
This is a City wide directive, and the main aim is to ensure safety standards are conformed to and appropriate management, maintenance and fire precautions are met, and thus a HMO licence fee is paid.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR LANDLORDS & MANAGING AGENTS?
As a HMO of this type you must adhere to HMO safety standards and fire safety management requirements. Management standards for HMO’s include;
Adhere to the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006/2007. – Enforced by Coventry City Council
Adhere to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 – Enforced by West Midlands Fire & Rescue Service. Coventry City Council now requires all licensable HMO’s in Coventry to have a Fire Risk Assessment. This needs to be performed by a competent person, and “competency” may have to be proven to an Enforcement Officer, or in Court.
Adhere to HHSRS- Housing Health & Safety Rating System – Enforced by Coventry City Council.
To identify Hazard-based evaluation within your HMO. Each hazard has a weighting which will help determine whether the property is rated as having category 1 (serious) or category 2 (other).
HELP WITH MY HMO APPLICATION
We Submit a Full & Complete HMO Application (on your behalf)
By ensuring your application is deemed FULL & COMPLETE you will (at the time of submission) be lawfully allowed to continue to operate your HMO. If there is missing or incorrectly worded answers you may deemed as an “incomplete/missing information” application. This may deem your property illegal to continue use of your HMO.
ON GOING SAFETY COMPLIANCE
We will test, verify & record all this information and produce a HMO document pack for your property.
If you manage an existing licensed HMO you need on-going management documents to prove that everything you have supplied in your HMO is in working order.
ASSESSMENT & VALIDATION
Fire Risk Assessment
(Mandatory requirement for ALL HMO’s in Coventry )
(To ensure your HMO meets all current legislation)
(Housing Health & Safety Rating System) Report
- We specialise in Fire Risk Assessments for HMO’s. Our team members have over 25 years of experience in Fire Risk Assessments
- We are Technical members of the Institute of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM)
- We work with your budget to provide economical alternatives for your HMO
- We are proud members of FIA (Fire Industry Association)
- We work with local Landlords & Agents in the Coventry area, and are well versed on all current legislation that applies to HMO’s
- Our team consists of specialist planning consultants, private building inspectors & specialised HMO architects- BA Arch (Hons), MCIAT, SMTS, all working to produce HMO compliance.
WE OFFER THESE SERVICES TO ENABLE YOU TO BE HANDSFREE, COMPLIANT AND A SMARTER LANDLORD.
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