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How To Obtain An Efficient HMO Fire Risk Assessment Process
HMO stands for “house in multiple occupation”, and as a property, has three or more tenants sharing it. They are not members of the same family. It is required for HMO landlords to acquire a license that has been approved by the Local Council Housing Department. The purpose of the license is to ensure that the HMO property is properly managed, and adheres to particular safety standards. The license takes effect within three years, after which it has to be renewed. Part of this license is to guarantee that a property has undergone HMO fire risk assessment.
The Housing Act 2004 subjects all housing, along with HMOs. The Local Housing Authority enforces this act, and in most cases, it is the Local Council Housing Department. This is to say- and it has to be understood- that HMOs are subject to the other particulars of fire safety legislation.
The Building Regulations impose fire safety rules in new and improvised HMOs, together with blocks of flats and maisonettes. Guidance about these can be referenced to Fire Safety in New, Extended, or Altered Buildings.
An HMO Fire Risk Assessment Is A Legal Requirement
This is to say that a fire risk assessment is legally required for all HMOs in the UK. This is where you can contact us at Dry Riser Solutions because we have highly-trained and certified fire risk assessors. Including BS9990 inspection.
The HMO fire risk assessment that we implement is specifically designed for HMO properties, and we meticulously have it based on the Lacor’s guide.
HMO-specific assessments from our specialists provide the most effective guidance on fire safety that is absolutely suitable for your property. The upgrades we advise and reasonable and practical.
The accredited fire officer from Dry Riser Solutions will visit and inspect your property to perform a comprehensive assessment. The property will also be surveyed to guarantee that it complies with fire safety regulations.
Experts on fire safety from our company will then send the details of the HMO fire risk assessment, followed by efficient guidance pertaining to any upgrade work that may be required. These are subsequent to the assessment.
Why undergo a fire risk assessment? It is because, as the first step in adhering to HMO regulations, it is a legal requirement for all HMOs in the UK. The results of the HMO fire risk assessment, if followed up by guidance, will employ huge improvements for the fire safety of your property.
How To Secure An HMO License
Dry Riser Solutions is manned by HMO legislation experts. We are proficient in securing HMO licenses for our clients. We take care of their compliance in this aspect. You can get in touch with our staff so that we could inform you about the type of HMO license that is most appropriate for your property. Upon knowing the requirements, we can proceed in providing you with a smooth and worry-free process of acquiring your license.
Note that, as an HMO landlord, it is your legal responsibility to be full-compliant with the regulations. Taking whatever chances is not an option. Contact us at Dry Riser Solutions, and all the hard work will be handled by our HMO professionals.
Understanding What HMO Is
The acronym “HMO” means “house in multiple occupation”, and it is an entire house or flat that is rented by 3 tenants or more. These two or more households living in one property share a kitchen, and bathroom or toilet. Some of the examples of HMO are:
- Flats located in the same building that are occupied by 3 persons or more
- Houses that are shared by 3 people or more
- Property dwelt in by owners along with at least 3 lodgers
In a household, there may be 1 person living, or several people, provided that they belong to the same family, or may be half-relatives that are treated as relatives or full-family members.
Foster children dwelling in the same house as their foster parents are considered as members of the same household.
Staff members staying in the property rent-free as provided by the people they work for are deemed as household members as well.
What Happens If You Do Not Have An HMO License?
If you fail to obtain an HMO license, you would be subjected to HMO license penalties and sanctions. Upon conviction, you may be punished with a fine of up to £30,000, or be simply offered with a Simple Caution.
An RRO or rent repayment may be applied for by a local authority or by the tenants themselves so that they can reclaim up to 12 months of their rent from the landlord. Former tenants who lived in the property at the time when it was unlicensed are included in this policy.
If your property should have been licensed already, the Council may shorten the duration of the license when it is issued. The full fee would be paid.
What Are The HMO Fire Risk Assessment Procedures?
As a summary, there are 5 steps that are taken into account when performing an HMO fire risk assessment:
Step 1- Identifying the fire hazards
- Check the ignition sources
- Check the fuel sources
- Check the sources of oxygen
Step 2- Identifying the people who are at risk
- People living in and those who are surrounding the premises
- People who are most at risk
Step 3- Evaluating, removing, reducing, and protecting from risk
- Checking the risk of a fire occurrence
- Checking the risk of fire to people
- Removing, or reducing fire hazards
- Removing, or reducing the risk of fire to people
- Checking the detection and warning devices and methods
- Checking the fire-fighting equipment and methods
- Checking the escape or the emergency exit routes
- Checking the lighting
- Checking the notices and signs
- Checking the maintenance equipment and procedures
Step 4- Recording, planning, informing, instructing, and training
- Significant findings have to be recorded, and action should be taken
- An emergency plan should be prepared
- Relevant people have to be informed and instructed; they should be required to co-operate as well as coordinate with others
- Training should be provided
Step 5- Reviewing
- The HMO fire risk assessment should be kept under review
- Revisions can be applied where necessary
You can contact us at Dry Risers Solutions for your HMO fire risk assessment needs. Our engineers are licensed experts in this endeavor, and we are here to efficiently and professionally provide exceptional service for your welfare, safety and protection.