HMO LICENSING LONDON

What Are The HMO Licensing Requirements?

House in Multiple Occupation, otherwise known as HMO and requires HMO licensing, is known as a house share. These are where people have a separate bedroom each and share a bathroom and a kitchen. It can also mean that a property is rented out by at least three people who are not from one household (e.g. Family).

With HMOs extremely common in London, many boroughs have introduced additional HMO licensing. Even if your property does not fall under the mandatory licensing scheme it could fall under an additional HMO licensing scheme.This means that properties occupied by 3 or 4 people living as two or more separate households will need an additional HMO licence.

So far this has been introduced in nineteen London boroughs. If your local borough council has not yet introduced additional HMO property requirements, the chances are that it will soon will. Failure to licence a HMO can lead to prosecution in court or a hefty fine.

As part of this additional HMO licensing, you will need to meet HMO standards for electrical, gas, plumbing, heating, fire safety and security.

We will provide you with a comprehensive report of any fire safety concerns ahead of your inspection. Following LACORS guidance, our multi-trade team will then take care of all works required to have your HMO property legally compliant; reducing your costs and risk of fines from your local authority.

 

What Do I Need To Do To Meet HMO Licensing Requirements?

Fitness for Human Habitation

Landlords must ensure their property is fit for human habitation. It may be deemed unfit if it has been neglected or the building is unstable. If there is serious damp, not enough natural light or ventilation, issues with hot and cold water, issues with drainage and more. We will inspect and advise on these issues.

HMO EICR Regulations

A EICR is an electrical installation condition report and identifies if there is any damage, deterioration or defects with the electrical supply and will suggest any improvements that should be considered. Over time, electrical installations can deteriorate naturally, so these checks help identify any issues early on and improvements that can be made to protect the home and prevent any major faults happening down the line.

LD3 Fire Alarms

Our team always works with the most up-to-date fire safety equipment and are familiar with the fire safety standards across all London Boroughs. We’ll talk you through linked alarm options that suit your HMO property and budget, and install them with the legal requirements and your tenant’s safety as our priority.

Intumescent Strips for HMO Licensing

Intumescent strips are usually placed around door frames to help contain a fire if it occurs, the strip will expand when exposed to extreme heat therefore it is an essential fire safety measure. We will supply and fit these to all doors in your HMO.

Plugs and Sockets

The electrical check will also check that there is an appropriate amount of plug sockets per room, to avoid the temptation to overload certain sockets with extension plugs. There should be at least four suitably located double sockets to each bedroom. We will arrange to fit additional power sockets if necessary.

Emergency Lighting for HMO Licensing

As well as appropriate detection and alarm systems, usually HMOs should also provide emergency lighting to provide adequate escape from fire. Emergency routes and exits should be indicated with signs and be illuminated. This also provides illumination in the case normal lighting fails. We will fit emergency lighting in your HMO property.

Fire Safety Equipment

HMOs should be supplied with adequate fire safety and firefighting equipment such as a fire blanket in the kitchen, fire extinguishers, fire alarms and notices with instructions on how to use any fire safety equipment. We will assist with this and check fire alarms are working and up to date.

Gas Safety for HMO Licensing

It is your legal responsibility to keep the gas appliances in your HMO in good condition and have a gas safe inspection annually. We can help you with gas safety such as an annual gas safety check and ensuring that any gas appliance (including the flue and installation pipe work) is maintained and in the safest working condition. It is also required that a carbon monoxide alarm is fitted in any room where a fuel burning appliance is fitted such as gas, oil, coal and wood.

Kitchen and Bathroom Facilities for HMO Licensing

Depending on the number of occupants of your HMO, you will need to provide adequate kitchen and bathroom facilities to meet their needs. For large occupancy HMOs of 10+ occupants, you might need up to three or four bathrooms. If you have over six occupants, you may need two or three sets of kitchen facilities, which need to be laid out to be safe and hygienic for food preparation. We will provide you with the guidance and fit additional facilities required.

Minimum Room Sizes for HMO Licensing

There are minimum room sizes specified for sleeping, we can measure and advise on these room sizes and if they fit within the HMO requirements.

Bathrooms must also meet minimum floor areas depending on the facilities available in the room.

Heating

There should be fixed space heating in every bedroom, living room, bathroom and kitchen which should be able to maintain a temperature of at least 21ºC in bedrooms and bathrooms and 18ºC in all other rooms. We can inspect and ensure heating is working efficiently to meet this standards as well as adequate controls to allow occupants to regulate temperature.

Find Out More About Your HMO Property Licensing Requirements

We have a team of HMO licensing specialists who have helped landlords and property owners across the city meet these new demands. Call us today or fill in our online enquiry form to discuss your maintenance or HMO needs further and provide you with our best knowledge and advice.