HMO Fact Sheet

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HMO Fact Sheet

Are you considering venturing into the world of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) or already own / manage them?

This fact sheet provides essential information about HMOs, including regulations, bedroom sizes, requirements for renting and managing, and health and safety guidelines.

Whether you’re a landlord, property investor, or managing agent, understanding these key aspects will help you navigate the world of HMO compliance with confidence. (written August 23)

  1. Understanding HMOs:
    A House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is a property shared by multiple individuals or families who may have separate tenancy agreements. HMOs can range from shared houses and flats to student accommodations and boarding houses. If your property falls under the HMO category, it’s crucial to understand the regulations that apply to ensure the safety and well-being of occupants.
  2. Who Needs an HMO Licence? Properties in Norwich City Council’s jurisdiction require an HMO Licence if they meet specific criteria, including:
    Being occupied by five or more people forming two or more households.
    Shared amenities like bathrooms, toilets, or cooking facilities.
  3. Ensuring HMO Compliance
    HMO Compliance involves adhering to a set of legal and safety requirements that ensure the property is fit for habitation. These requirements cover various aspects, such as fire safety, electrical safety, room sizes, and amenities.
  4. Benefits of HMO Compliance: Ensuring HMO compliance offers numerous benefits:
    Avoiding legal penalties and fines for non-compliance.
    Providing safe and comfortable living spaces for tenants.
    Enhancing the property’s value and reputation.
    Building trust with occupants and local authorities.
  5. HMO Licensing Process
    Obtaining an HMO Licence involves:
    Ensuring your property meets the necessary criteria.
    Completing the application process and submitting required documentation.
    Undergoing inspections to assess compliance with regulations.

    HMO Complaint can help with the whole process.
  6. The Importance of HMO Licensing
    HMO Licensing is a legal requirement in Norwich City Council for properties meeting specific criteria, including size, number of occupants, and shared amenities.
    Obtaining an HMO Licence ensures that your property meets essential health, safety, and management standards.
  7. Applying for an HMO Licence
    To apply for an HMO Licence in Norwich, you need to:
    Ensure your property meets the necessary criteria for mandatory licensing.
    Complete the application process, which involves providing detailed property information, floor plans, and other documentation.
    Undergo inspections to assess whether your property meets HMO regulations.
  8. Room Sizes and Standards
    Norwich City Council sets minimum room size standards for HMOs. These standards ensure tenants have adequate living space. For example, a single bedroom occupied by one person must have a minimum floor area of 6.51 square meters.
  1. Fire Safety Measures: HMOs are subject to rigorous fire safety requirements. These measures include:
    Installation of fire detection and alarm systems compliant with British Standards (e.g., BS 5839).
    Provision of fire doors, fire-resistant walls, and escape routes.
    Fire extinguishers and fire blankets in communal areas.
  2. Electrical Safety and Certification: Electrical safety is paramount in HMOs. Landlords are required to:
    Arrange regular electrical inspections by qualified professionals.
    Ensure all electrical installations and appliances are safe and well-maintained.
    Obtain an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) at least every five years.
  3. Carbon Monoxide Alarms
    All rooms with solid / gas fuel-burning appliances (e.g., wood-burning stoves) must have working carbon monoxide alarms. These alarms detect deadly gas and provide early warnings to occupants.
  4. Managing HMO Properties: Effective property management is key to maintaining HMO compliance. This includes:
    Regular inspections and maintenance to address safety hazards and repairs promptly.
    Providing tenants with clear terms of occupation, rights, and responsibilities.
    Efficiently managing waste collection and recycling to keep communal areas clean and safe.
  5. Tenant Safety and Comfort
    Creating a desirable living space for tenants involves ensuring:
    Adequate heating and insulation for comfort and energy efficiency.
    Regular servicing and maintenance of gas appliances to prevent carbon monoxide leaks.
    Safe and secure locks on external doors and windows.
  6. Common Mistakes to Avoid
    Avoid these pitfalls to ensure HMO compliance:
    Neglecting required inspections and certifications.
    Ignoring maintenance and repairs.
    Overcrowding rooms beyond occupancy limits.
    Failing to respond to tenant complaints promptly.
  7. Your Compliance Checklist
    Use this checklist to maintain HMO compliance:
    Obtain an HMO Licence if required.
    Conduct regular fire safety checks and inspections.
    Schedule electrical inspections and obtain EICRs.
    Install carbon monoxide alarms in appropriate rooms.
    Keep up-to-date records of maintenance and repairs.

Ready to Ensure HMO Compliance?

At HMO Compliant, we specialise in guiding landlords, property investors, and managing agents through the intricate world of HMO regulations. With our expertise, you can navigate the requirements confidently, providing safe and comfortable living spaces for your tenants.

For personalized assistance and expert guidance, contact HMO Compliant today.