What The Regulations For HMOs?
The mandatory regulations for all HMOs (whether or not you need a license) fall into 3 categories: Facilities, Fire Safety and Annual Certificates.1 bathroom per 5 tenants. A bathroom can consist of a bath and/or separate shower but there must be 2 separate rooms if there are 6 or more tenants.1 W.C. per 5 tenants1 cooker per 5 tenants. However if you have 6 or 7 tenants, a microwave will be acceptable, for 8 or more tenants, a 2nd cooker must be provided.1 kitchen sink per 5 tenants. A dishwasher is acceptable for 6 or 7 tenants, but a 2nd sink must be provided for 8+.There must be 3 double sockets in the kitchen without appliances plugged into them, plus one extra per 2 people over 6 tenants.There must be an extractor fan in the kitchen.
FIRE SAFETYWalls and ceilings must have at least 30mins fire protection (solid brick provides at least 1 hour). A basement ceiling must have 1 hour protection.The correct fire/smoke alarm system must be fitted (this information was given by Electro-Main with the last newsletter—additional copies available upon request)There must be a fire extinguisher situated on each floor of the property.There must be a fire blanket in the kitchen.The escape route must be clearly displayed.All gas and electricity meters have 30 mins protection from the escape route.All internal doors (apart from the bathroom) must be fitted with 30min fire doors (unless there is alternative means of escape from the room through an approved double glazed window)All locks on internal doors must be able to be opened from the inside without a key (i.e. thumbturn style locks)
Every year you will be required to have the following safety certificates:Gas—already required by lawPeriodic Electrical—to check all of the wiring and electrics in the propertySmoke/Fire AlarmEmergency Lighting (generally only for communal areas of flats or licensable HMOs)