Generally, an HMO (house in multiple occupation) is a property which is described as one or more of the following:
- An entire house or flat which is let to 3 or more tenants who form 2 or more households and who share a kitchen, bathroom or toilet.
- A house which has been converted entirely into bedsits or other non-self-contained accommodation and which is let to 3 or more tenants who form two or more households and who share kitchen, bathroom or toilet facilities.
- A converted house which contains one or more flats which are not wholly self contained (i.e. the flat does not contain within it a kitchen, bathroom and toilet) and which is occupied by 3 or more tenants who form two or more households.
- A building which is converted entirely into self-contained flats if the conversion did not meet the standards of the 1991 Building Regulations and more than one-third of the flats are let on short-term tenancies.
In order to be an HMO the property must be used as the tenants’ only or main residence and it should be used solely or mainly to house tenants. Properties let to students and migrant workers will be treated as their only or main residence and the same will apply to properties which are used as domestic refuges.
HMOs provide a valuable source of affordable accommodation. Young and professional single people, students and migrant workers predominantly use this type of accommodation.
We work closely with investors and landlords to assess an existing property and design the most suitable HMO layout for that property. The legislation for HMOs is very stringent and the design must conform to a number of Government policies and guidance. With our experience, we ensure all designs are ‘future-proof’ as well as maximised for profit.
As well as designing the HMO, we submit the necessary application forms as part of the design process, whether it be a certificate of lawfulness for a change in use class from a C3 dwelling house to C4 HMO, a full planning application for a change from C3 dwelling house to Sui Generis (large scale HMO) or where the property is located in an Article 4 area. The building regulations drawings and application are also submitted by us too.