Are you interested in owning or currently the owner of an HMO? Does your HMO meet all fire and safety standards according to the RLA? In this article, Servian experts will educate you on the proper fire detection rules and regulations to ensure the safety of your tenants.
Houses in Multiple Occupation(HMO) are inhabited by three or more tenants, not of the same family. Landlords of HMO’s are required to own a license from the Local Council Housing Department. The license is valid for three years and must be renewed before its expiration date. This assures the housing department and tenants the home meets all safety standards and is properly managed.
The council has in place standards and conditions that each type of HMO must meet to be considered habitable. They may also add additional conditions to your license thus improving the standard of your facility. A few of those conditions are as follows:
There are basic fire safety requirements including alarms and licenses listed under the Housing Act 2004 and Councils. There are three types of licenses that have different fire and safety requirements.
Once you have acquired the appropriate licensing for your HMO it is important to seek out the proper fire and safety guidance. Contact experts like those at Servian for assistance with conducting a fire risk assessment on your facility. Pay close attention to common areas and identify the general fire precautions you should have in place.
An expert fire risk assessment will help develop a summary of required actions such as:
All fire precautions are normally focused on the common areas. If fire and safety requirements extend to living areas it is important that the tenancy agreement has a section devoted to the maintenance and accommodations of fire and safety requirements.
Regulations require the installation of smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors to be installed in all rented residences. All regulations for rented premises is the responsibility of the immediate landlord.
Smoke alarms are required on every story and in each room, that is frequented or considered as a living space. Areas that would fall under such accommodations would be:
Regulations does not designate specific types of alarms. Although, the RLA is partial to hard- wired or tamper proof systems.
Carbon Monoxide detectors should be placed in any room used as a living space. Especially, in places that burn coal, logs or has open fire capabilities. Appliances that burn fuel but not oil boilers or gas, even if they are not normally used.
All landlords are required to carry out checks to ensure all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide systems comply with all regulations and are in proper working order. If you are in doubt of fire and safety standards and regulations the experts at Servian for guidance.
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