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Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) (England) | Housing Health and Safety Rating System (England)

Is a house in self contained flats an HMO?

14 Jun 2020 | 1 comment

I’ve been served a Hazard notice for a house divided into 3 self contained flats. It quotes Licensing and Management of HMOs Regs 2007.

They want a sign with contact details put up in a communal area, also for us to provide sufficient rubbish bins (the council provide these but if they go missing there is a charge to replace them so the tenants don’t bother).

I didn’t think the property was an HMO, are these regulations applicable?


1 Comment

  1. Imported

    11/05/2020 5:05 pm

    This all depends on when and how the building was converted into flats.

    When the conversion was done, if it met the Building Regulations 1991 or better (when we say better we mean if it were done in 2010, it must meet the building regs at that time) then it’s NOT an HMO.

    However, if the property does not meet building regulations 1990 or better (or you can’t show that it does) then it is an HMO.

    Please see this article for more information and see the sidebar which has more information including what’s required if it is an HMO.

    It is a requirement with an HMO to provide contact details signage and adequate refuse facilities.


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