Do you have 3 or 4 people living in your property that share a kitchen?
If ‘yes’, then you have a HMO!
Under your duties within Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006 and Article 4 section of the Fire Safety Order 2005, you have a legal obligation to provide a high level of safety within your HMO.
Can you prove to a judge that:
- You are a competent person with proven fire risk assessment experience deemed fit to carry out a fire risk assessment based on risk to your tenants?
- You have a recorded log to prove all your smoke alarms are working today?
- You have got the evidence to prove you have applied a 30 min protected fire escape route in your property, for all tenants?
- You can prove in court that your fire doors are FD30/FD60 with either intermittent or smoke seals, and they also self-close with less than a 3mm gap?
If the answers are all ‘yes’, then great you are on your way to becoming a legal HMO.
- If not, you could face a fine up to £30,000 or be prosecuted and deemed “not fit for purpose” landlord and even jailed.
Ignorance is not a defense in court!