Fire safety for HMOs (Houses in Multiple Occupation)
With the increased popularity of HMOs (House in Multiple Occupation), the UK Government has, over the years introduced new laws and regulations to ensure landlords are taking the responsibility of safeguarding their tenants very seriously.
The introduction of Mandatory HMO licensing has led to heavy fines and prison sentences for landlords who have failed to meet these standards.
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HMOs and Buy To Lets
As a landlord or investor, when it comes to HMOs, there are more things to consider, than there are with more straightforward investments such as buy to lets. The fire regulations and rules around fire safety are more detailed and there is more to do to get the property up to standard.
One of the reasons that HMO fire regulations are stricter is that in a house in multiple occupation the tenants won’t necessarily integrate with each other or won’t necessarily get on with each other that well. They might not even talk to each other on a regular basis.
What you don’t tend to have in a family home or straightforward buy to let property is a situation where rooms are regularly locked. In an HMO this can be a standard practice and of course, locked rooms can mean people not having a clear exit and ultimately not being able to get out of the property easily should they have to.
HMO Fire Door Requirements
Fire doors are an essential feature of HMO fire safety regulations. The rule is that, 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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