Non Licensable HMO - Do I still have to do the work?

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    Non Licensable HMO - Do I still have to do the work?

    Hi
    My council came round a couple of weeks ago. As there is only four bedrooms the council said it is not a licensable HMO.
    However, they have now sent a me a letter to carry out around 15 tasks such as,

    Change all doors to fire doors
    Get a fire system in compliance with a BS standard etc
    Fire signs
    etc etc

    Now I want to know, do I legally need to carry out these tasks.
    If I am not legally obliged I don't want to carry out these such things as my tenants are happy enough.

    Can somebody give me some information on this matter.

    Toby

    #2
    Yes, you do. They can enforce them under HHSRS even for non-HMOs. You should not have let it get to this stage. You should have done a fire risk assessment. With a proper one, you could have argued that the way you used your property was lower risk than a typical four person HMO, but without one, it will be very difficult to challenge their ruling.

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      #3
      The legal requirements for a non-licensed HMO and a licensed one are almost identical (the council usually add a few more things because they can).
      I'm a little surprised they haven't fined you, already
      When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
      Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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