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HMO Property Standard Condition and Inspection

Inspecting Licensed and non-Licensable HMOs

The Council undertakes both proactive and reactive inspections of all HMOs. All inspections are based on risk assessment, which is used to calculate the frequency of future inspections. All HMOs are subject to Management Regulations which require them to be maintained in responsible condition.

Statutory notices can be served to require properties to be brought up to standard. The Council prefers to work with landlords (and tenants) regarding any works which may be required and giving advice on management standards. However, in some cases it is necessary to use enforcement powers where landlords are un cooperative or unresponsive.

Inspection are normally carried out by an Environmental Health Officer / Technical Officer. Inspections will focus on the following:

  • Means of Escape and other Fire precautions
  • Facilities for the Preparation and Cooking of Food
  • Toilets, Baths, Showers and Wash Hand Basins
  • Space Standards
  • Management Standards
  • Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS)

There are a number of reasons why an Officer may want to visit the property. This may be:

  • as a result of a complaint
  • a request to inspect the property
  • a routine visit as part of the HMO inspection programme
  • a routine HMO re-inspection

In addition to HHSRS, there are Regulations setting out the minimum standards required for Houses in Multiple Occupation:

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