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HMO Floor Plan
A property layout plan is an integral part of the Licensing of HMOs. It must give a general indication of the property layout and should detail room dimensions. The floor plans will also need to identify the location of any smoke and heat detectors as well all doors, fire doors, windows and escape windows.
What is HMO House?
HMO stands for house in multiple occupation, which means a building or part of a building that is occupied by more than one household and where more than one household shares – or lacks – an amenity, such as a bathroom, toilet or cooking facilities or is occupied by more than one household and which is a converted building – but not entirely self contained flats (whether or not some amenities are shared or lacking) or is converted into many self contained flats, with at least one-third of the flats being occupied under short tenancies, but does not meet as a minimum standard the requirements of the 1991 Building Regulations.
If you are applying for HMO licensing whether you are estate agent or private landlord, you may require HMO Licensing Floor Plan by your local authority. The HMO Floor Plan sets out the legal framework and gives guidance for house layout, amenities, heating, washing facility, toilet facility and fire safety equipment.
When a landlord is considering applying for an HMO license application, the authority must be satisfied by viewing the Floor plan of property is rationally appropriate for tenants by the number of people proposing to live.
Landlords need the following documents along with the HMO licensing application:
• Gas Safety Certificate
• Electrical Safety Certificate
• Portable Appliance Test Certificate
• Standard DBS check
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What is the requirement of HMO House?
The requirements for an HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) can vary depending on the local regulations. However, here are some common requirements to consider:
Licensing: In many jurisdictions, an HMO must be licensed by the local authority. The licensing process typically involves meeting certain criteria related to safety, hygiene, and management of the property. Contact your local housing or planning department to understand the specific licensing requirements for your area.
Room Sizes: There are often minimum room size requirements for HMOs to ensure adequate living space for tenants. These requirements can vary, but they typically specify a minimum floor area per person (e.g., 70 square feet or 6.75 square meters). Check your local regulations for the specific standards.
Fire Safety: HMOs are generally subject to stricter fire safety regulations than standard residential properties due to the higher number of occupants. Common fire safety requirements include installing fire alarms, fire extinguishers, and fire-resistant doors. Some jurisdictions may require additional measures such as fire escapes or sprinkler systems. Consult local fire safety regulations to understand the specific requirements.
Emergency Exits: HMOs must have suitable emergency exits to ensure the safe evacuation of tenants in the event of a fire or other emergencies. This typically includes providing clear and unobstructed pathways to exits, proper signage, and well-maintained staircases.
Amenities: HMOs must have suitable amenities to accommodate the number of tenants. This includes an adequate number of bathroom and kitchen facilities to avoid overcrowding. The specific requirements can vary depending on local regulations, but it’s generally recommended to have a sufficient number of bathrooms, toilets, and cooking facilities for the number of occupants.
Maintenance and Repairs: Landlords of HMOs have a responsibility to maintain the property in a safe and habitable condition. This includes regular inspections, prompt repairs of any hazards or issues, and providing appropriate heating, lighting, and ventilation.
Waste Management: Proper waste management facilities should be provided, such as designated areas for garbage disposal and recycling.
Electrical and Gas Safety: HMOs must comply with electrical and gas safety regulations to ensure the well-being of tenants. This typically includes periodic inspections and certifications of electrical installations and gas appliances by qualified professionals.
It’s important to note that these requirements can vary significantly depending on the location. Therefore, it is advisable to consult with local housing authorities, fire departments, and relevant regulatory bodies to obtain accurate and up-to-date information on the specific requirements for HMOs in your area.