Here at Clifton Park Estates we have over 15 years experience with the letting and management of shared properties (HMO’s) as well as developing conversions. We comprehend that this kind of property requires more involvement by the management agent and niche knowledge to manage it effectively. We are the premier HMO Specialist in Doncaster.
With HMO’s comes more involved tenant management and higher profits. The property will almost always need more maintenance than a single let, and the shared area is also the responsibility of the landlord and/or the managing agent.
Sharing properties / HMOs are also subject to a slew of laws and legislation which can be complex for someone just getting involved in HMOs.
If you instruct us to manage your HMO, our services will include (but aren’t limited to) the following:
- Liaising with the local council to ensure all relevant licencing has been acquired.
- We can also advise on any maintenance or building work that is required to make sure that the property complies with current regulations.
- We can if needed conduct a fire risk assessment on an annual basis.
- We maintain close relationships with the Local Council, schools and local businesses to ensure quick lettings to tenants and minimise the time that rooms are empty thus ensuring a steady flow of revenue.
- Regular inspections to ensure that occupants are looking after the building and facilities.
- We can ensure that legal requirements are maintained in line with the “Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation Regulations 2006” Act.
- We can advise on licensing, Article 4 and planning permissions.
- We handle every property on a case by case premise, rates begin at 10% with no starting letting expenses. In the event that you’d like one our agents to carry out an audit of your property, please get in touch with us.
A HMO licence is given to the landlord if the property meets certain strict standards, this ensures that it adheres to regulations and is suitable for private tenants. Not all HMO landlords need a licence. But if any of the following conditions apply you will need a licence but we can advise on this
- if it is a 3-floor house (including cellars, attics, basements, and loft conversions). The definition of storeys includes habitable basements and loft conversions.
- it is occupied by 5 or more people from two different households
- if tenants share the kitchen, bathroom or laundry area
- in some cases a maisonette in a house or above commercial premises may need a licence if similarly occupied
How to Apply
The landlord must submit one (1) permit application for each property that will be leased. An expense will be charged by the authority for the handling of permit applications. Handling time can take anyplace between 6-8 weeks. The authority will consult with individuals who may be keen on the property and decide whether permit conditions ought to be enforced for the HMO being referred to.
All licensed HMOs are inspected tosee if there is any need for repairs, or to assess fire safety, amenity or other safety concerns. Landlords must comply and bring the building up to standard within a set period of time that is determined by the local authority.
All HMOs are subject to laws and legislation about how it is looked after by the landlord or management agency Certain obligations and commitments are put on the manager of the property. These include:
- Giving inhabitants the manager’s contact details which must include complete name, address and telephone number, and show the information in an easily accessible area of the property (e.g. living room, kitchen, dining area)
- Guaranteeing that all emergency exits and areas are kept in good condition and are free from any type of obstacle. The configuration and structure of the property should likewise have satisfactory fire protection. Sensible guidelines in regards to fire safety at the property must be complied to at all times.
- Making sure that a clean water supply is maintained; gas and electricity must also be supplied without any unreasonable interruptions thereof
- Making sure that electricals are regularly checked/tested by a qualified electrician. Must be completed at least once every 5 years.
- Certificates for electrical and gas inspections must be provided by the landlord or their representative upon request by the council, within 7 days of the notice
- Making sure that living units are clean and in good condition before tenants move in. All contents of the property (ie furniture) must be in good working order throughout the length of the tenancy agreement.
- Responsible waste management (i.e. waste must be disposed of properly; the landlord must also provide enough bins for waste and make sure they are placed in the right locations within the building
- Should any landlord fail to abide by these regulations, it can be seen as a criminal offence by the Local council. This carries a penalty of up to £5000 per offence committed and can result in a court appearance.