Future wiring is here to help landlord and property developers to comply with HMO (Houses in Multiple Occupation) by installing fire alarm systems and emergency lighting. We also carryout P.A.T testing and electrical installation testing to meet The 17th edition Regulations. We can rewire a block of flats, convert a house into flats, we can also arrange meters to be supplied by Eon.
Houses in Multiple Occupation Licence
Definition of an HMO
The Housing Act 2004 introduces a new definition of what constitutes a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO). A House in Multiple Occupation means a building (or part of a building, such as a flat), 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.
- Is occupied by more than one household and which is a converted building, but not entirely into self-contained flats (whether or not some amenities are shared or lacking).
- Is converted self contained flats, but does not meet as a minimum standard the requirements of the 1991 Building Regulations, and at least one third of flats are occupied under short tenancies.
The building may be occupied by more than one household:
- As their only or main residence.
- As a refuge of people escaping domestic violence.
- By students during term time.
For other purposes prescribed by the Government. Persons do not form a single household unless they are members of the same family or they form a prescribed relationship defined by regulations. A household refers to:
Families (including single people, couples and same sex couples.) Other relationships, such as fostering, carers and domestic staff.
The Housing Act 2004 introduced the licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation. Local Authorities are required to license larger, higher risk HMOs, which initially will comprise those of three stories and above occupied by at
least five persons who constitute more than one household.
Do I have to comply with any conditions once I have a licence?
When you are granted a licence it will come with conditions attached to ensure that the standards in your building continue to be kept. These are
mandatory conditions, which require the licence holder to:
- produce an annual gas safety certificate
- Keep electrical appliances and furniture supplied by the landlord in a safe condition and to supply declarations of their safety to the local council on demand
- Install smoke alarms and keep them in proper working order and to supply to the local council, on demand, a declaration of their positioning and condition
- Give the occupiers a statement of the terms on which they occupy the HMO.The council may also specify conditions such as those relating to the facilities in the HMO, its condition and the management of the building, including how the licence holder deals with the behaviour of occupiers.
Failure To Have A Licence – you can be fined up to £20,000 for this breach alone and be ordered to repay tenants the previous 12 months rent received
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