HMO Conversion or Reversion (Houses/Homes of/in Multiple Occupancy)
Homes of multiple occupancy conversion (generally known as HMO conversion) is one of our specialities. There are many regulations governing this area as many people will be living in a property which may have been originally designed for family living.
Getting specialist advice when considering converting an existing property for HMO use is vital and we are here to help. Please get in touch through the contact form on this page or call us on: 07463 537535 and we’ll pop round to meet you and discuss things in full.
Common HMO Uses
One of the reasons that Landlords convert properties into HMO’s is that the rental return is generally higher than would have been possible through renting the property as a whole. Student accommodation is a very common example where perhaps 5/6 students live together in the same property and share facilities such as bathrooms, living or dining areas and each tenant having their own bedroom.
HMO Conversion Specialists (Coventry and surrounding areas)
We specialise in converting properties from single useage into HMO’s.
As we specialise in this area, we are able to not only carry out conversion building works to meet and exceed the required legislation but we are also able to advise on the best way to convert the property and maximise the return for Landlords whilst ensuring that tenants enjoy the property and are safe and secure at all times.
Safety and Security
When people live in one building and share common facilities, safety and security are clearly of paramount importance. Within a family unit, it is easier to manage safety and security considerations than when people from potentially widely varying backgrounds live together for potentially shorter amounts of time. Regulation in this area is, quite correctly, strict and needs to be followed through professionally and accurately. Examples of areas that need to be considered include:
Fire Safety (Exits, Access, Escape, Materials Used, Fire Prevention and Retardation, etc.)
Security (Personal safety and security of belongings)
Emergency Service Access
There are many other areas that need to be considered when converting a property for HMO use including smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors, Flooring, Lighting, Decoration, Furnishing, Material Properties, Glass, Fire Doors and much more besides.
People regularly decide to change the use and designation of a property back from HMO to family or other use such as Commercial. This process is called HMO reversion. Of course there are many considerations to take account of when going down this road so please get in touch early in the decision making process so we can help to guide you through the maze.
What is a HMO?
The Housing Act 2004 clarifies the definition of a house in multiple occupation (HMO), replacing the definition under the Housing Act 1985. The definition of an HMO is found in Part 7 of the 2004 Act. To be defined as an HMO, a building, or part thereof, must fall within one of the following categories:
A building or flat in which more than one household shares a basic amenity, such as bathroom, toilet or cooking facilities: this is known as the ‘standard test’ or the ‘self-contained flat test’
A building that has been converted and does not entirely comprise of self-contained flats: this is known as the ‘converted building test’
A building that is declared an HMO by the local authority
A converted block of flats where the standard of the conversion does not meet the relevant building standards and fewer than two-thirds of the flats are owner-occupied: this is known as a section 257 HMO. For more information and clarity, please look at this link: https://england.shelter.org.uk/legal/housing_conditions/houses_in_multiple_occupation/definitions