With the increased popularity of HMOs (Houses in Multiple Occupation), the UK Government has introduced HMO fire regulations & laws. This is to ensure landlords are taking the responsibility of safeguarding their tenants seriously.
The introduction of HMO fire regulations & mandatory HMO licensing, has led to heavy fines and prison sentences for landlords who have failed to meet these standards.
Silver Group design and install Fire Alarm systems that meets all the HMO fire regulations criteria. We then issue the relevant certificates to ensure both you and your tenants are properly protected. To find out more, just fill in the short form on the right and we’ll get straight back to you.
HMOs and Buy To Lets
As a landlord or investor, when it comes to HMOs, there are more things to consider than with straightforward investments, such as buy to let. Most importantly, the HMO fire regulations are much more detailed, so there is more to do to meet the legal standard.
One of the reasons that HMO fire regulations are stricter, is that in a houses with multiple occupation the tenants won’t necessarily integrate with each other, or won’t necessarily get on that well. They might not even talk to each other on a regular basis. This means rooms are regularly locked, unlike family homes. In an HMO, this can be a standard practice and locked rooms can mean people not being able to easily vacate the property.
HMO Fire Door Requirements
Fire doors are an essential feature of HMO fire regulations. As a landlord, you need to make sure that all escape routes from the property are protected. This is achieved primarily using fire doors.
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