Tenant Couple with 2 Lodgers - Is this a HMO?

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    #46
    The regulations for an HMO are quite comprehensive even without a licence.
    Including (but not limited to):
    • To provide all occupiers with the manager's name, address and telephone number, this information must be clearly displayed within the property
    • To ensure that all fire escapes are clear of any obstacles and that they are kept in good order, to ensure that all fire safety measures are maintained in good working order and that adequate fire safety measures are in place with regards to the design, structural conditions and number of occupiers in the HMO
    • The manager must maintain adequate water supply and drainage to the dwelling
    • The manager must not unreasonably cause the electric and gas supply to be interrupted
    • The manager must ensure that every fixed electrical installation is inspected and tested by a suitably qualified person, at intervals not exceeding five years
    • The manager must provide the electrical and gas inspection certificates within seven days of receiving a request in writing from the local housing authority
    • To ensure that all common parts of the HMO are maintained in good decorative order, and safe and working condition. This includes outbuildings, boundaries and gardens
    • The manager must ensure each unit of living accommodation and its contents are clean before occupiers move in and are maintained in good repair and clean working order throughout the occupation by the tenant
    • The manager must provide adequate facilities to dispose of all waste produced by the property.
    Some of these are significantly more onerous than they appear - the "fire safety measures" one probably involves hiring a specialist and doing what they suggest. Keeping the fire escape routes clear means that each room has an acceptable fire escape route, for example.

    There can also be planning implications for an HMO as it is a distinct "type" of property.
    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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      #47
      That does sound quite serious but on the council's website, this then just mentions the requirement of a fire blanket in the kitchen and working smoke alarms.

      The house meets all the other conditions.

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        #48
        That's a paraphrased version of "The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006" which are the main source of the regulations governing HMOs.

        Could you point me at the local authority page(s) you refer to, someone should probably point out that they're not really helping!
        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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          #49
          Originally posted by Deiseman View Post
          That does sound quite serious but on the council's website, this then just mentions the requirement of a fire blanket in the kitchen and working smoke alarms.

          The house meets all the other conditions.
          And with a licence you may be looking at:-
          fire escape plan & signage, emergency lighting, thumb turn exit locks, anti-social behaviour policy & lease clauses, obligatory provision of references to LA, inspection log, fault log, and you must accommodate at least one lesbian..
          And that's just a few that spring to mind that Hackney request....(I may have imagined that last one).,

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            #50
            Originally posted by Section20z View Post

            And with a licence you may be looking at:-
            fire escape plan & signage, emergency lighting, thumb turn exit locks, anti-social behaviour policy & lease clauses, obligatory provision of references to LA, inspection log, fault log, and you must accommodate at least one lesbian..
            And that's just a few that spring to mind that Hackney request....(I may have imagined that last one).,
            Dear lord!

            All for 4 people living a 3 bed semi detached?????? It's a bit much!

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              #51
              Originally posted by Deiseman View Post

              Dear lord!

              All for 4 people living a 3 bed semi detached?????? It's a bit much!
              Indeed, I have four lovely girls been sharing a house for years who now have to have a sign on the wall to tell them where the door is !!

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