Landlords, Ask Yourself the Following:
Am I doing everything that I can to provide safe accommodations or am I leaving myself open to the possibilities of prosecution?
As HMO landlords ourselves we know what our answer is!
Worst happen within your HMO property and someone were to injure themselves or worse still, lose their life due to a fire. Are you happy that you could demonstrate to a court, that you took all reasonable steps to provide tenants with a safe place to live. Can you say this is true of your HMO management process? If not, please read on…
The HMO Problem
HMO landlords hold their shared properties for a considerable time because it’s one of the best forms of property investment. Some landlords struggle to keep up with the regulatory changes that take place over the years. There are a myriad of websites and property organisations to go to for advice but no one place to get all of the latest information. And this is where we come in.
SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF HMO REGULATORY SAFETY:
Depending on the size of the property, it is now widely expected that a Fire Risk Assessment is carried out periodically. From this point either weekly or monthly visits must then be made to the property and subsequently recorded in a Fire Log to demonstrate professional HMO management. These visits are to incorporate full tests of the Fire Alarm and Smoke Detection System (in strict rotation), Emergency Lighting, Fire Doors (including operation of intumescent strips/smoke seals), Means of Escape, Fire Extinguishers and Fire Blankets to name just a few.
Additionally, it is also expected that suitably qualified external engineers are appointed to carry out six monthly or annual servicing of all Fire Alarm and Smoke Detection Systems and Emergency Lighting.
Landlords are also expected to provide Five year Periodic Inspections within share houses and flats without exception, annual Portable Appliance Tests (PAT) and also checks to ensure that tenants have not introduced their own portable appliances without these being PAT tested too.
How Can We Help?
Want to find out more about how we have developed robust systems for HMO management? Then why not visit us - our resident HMO expert, Garfield Reece (Managing Director) will be happy to arrange a no-obligation visit to any of your HMOs to advise on improvements.