Wrong First Time.
Why do we say this?
Because time after time, when our inspectors visit new HMO conversions or HMO refurbs, in order to do pre-licensing compliance audits, we find that we have to tell landlords that they’ve done many things wrong.
And then we have to drop the bombshell that they must do costly and time-consuming rectifications to make their shiny new but non-compliant acceptable for HMO property licensing.
Frequently, we find:
- Wrong or inadequate fire alarm system
- Non-compliant fire doors
- Inadequate fire escape routes
- Inadequate fire compartmentation
- Provide extra bathrooms (or accept fewer occupants)
- Fit additional kitchens and cookers (or accept fewer occupants)
And all of these are because either the landlord specified all the works themselves, or just let their architects do it all, and neither of them were sufficiently expert in the HMO Management Regulations, HHSRS, Fire design and that particular council’s HMO Amenity Standards.