HMO’s- The history and present day

HMO’s- The history and present day The Regional Housing Authority in all areas is the 'Council' and it has the obligation of enforcing the terms of the Act introduced for 'Housing' in 2004 as well as the affiliated rules and regulations in order to maintain some disciplined code and principle in HMOs, which are known as Houses in Multiple Occupation. Property owners quite often question the reason why Local authorities were concerned about governing the rules and regulations in leased property . The answer is linked with the historic past of the health of the people, considering that sub standard housing became an initial catalyst for change that led to the birth of the very first regional authorities as well as the first hygiene inspectors. Within the last millennium HMOs offered the working classes with standard homes or property which were affordable. Usually a single family occupied a single room, kitchen and restrooms were shared with neighbouring families. 

The revolution in the field of technology and industries made an enormous impact on the way the employees lived, so when the revolution reached its peak, men and women from different parts of the world looked to seek out employment in the city and were usually crammed into already overloaded housing. It was usual for family and individuals to have a common restroom outside the house and a common supply of water. Poor housing was recognised as an origin of the disease and eventually national and local people in politics were looking to enact laws to make residences safer and much more healthy and balanced. An unfit workforce did not boost production levels.

Many efforts were followed by various government authorities to enact laws and regulations for houses, making them more secure and much more healthy. At times these were unsuccessful simply because of regional political infighting. However, the major trouble seemed to be the inadequate number of houses compared to the general population and clearly the need for inexpensive rooms were high. The construction of sewers as well as offering healthy supplies of water was the initial contribution of these fresh public bodies executed. In the year 1919, Health Ministry released the very first guide book on Unsuitable Houses. And when WWII ended, there surfaced a new mindset about how exactly Britain should really be rebuilt, right after so much damage. Men and women wished for good houses that could take over the tenement housing which endured earlier. In 57's they introduced a fresh Housing Act, that defines a benchmark criteria or threshold of health and fitness and this defines that every non-commercial belongings (occupied by the landlord and leased property) must be evaluated whether or not it was in good shape for our habitation. This minimal threshold for general public wellness was the standard for present-day houses with appropriate water supply, drainage facility, enough daylight and airflow, appropriate amenities, smartly designed rooms as well as staircases that one could ascend without risking an accident! This benchmark supported effectively to enhance housing for almost 5 decades. Setting up rules likewise enhanced the caliber of each new home built. Outdated 'health criteria' has already been replaced in the year 2004 with a method of threat evaluation, which correlates the problems the tenant can face because of the defects. Relating your housing circumstances to your well-being and health has prioritized frequent issues such as poor heating as well as leakage in the walls. This procedure allows families and individuals, to live in a risk-free, healthy and balanced housing environment. From the first HMOs to the present day, the population are worried about the simple fundamentals - the general condition and maintenance, the amenities, commonly shared kitchens as well as restrooms, the administration of common places, fire safety, as well as how the property owner maintains the property. The way The Local authority or council Inspects as well as Prioritizes HMOs work: Council keeps a repository of houses which are used in a number of occupations. All properties are evaluated for threats based on the standard set of guidelines, listed below, that are proven to enhance the possibility that the HMO is not feasible for human habitation. Listed below are the most important protection as well as human wellness affairs within modern-day:


  • Gas safety
  • Fire safety
  • Repairs
  • Electrical safety
  • Amenity provision
  • HMO Licensing
  • Management

  • Dimensions as well as design

    HMOs of three or higher storeys will probably have a greater fire threat than single storeys.


    Decent management as well as standard examining and maintaining the hygiene of shared places makes certain that problems are minimized.

    No. of tenants

    -If the no. of people to occupy houses are more, then there are chances that they will have to face difficulties, for instance overcrowding as well as strain on shared amenities.


    Inadequate restrooms, WCs as well as kitchen areas or not repairing of amenities could cause tension and cause them to fall sick.


    A property with bad maintenance will certainly degrade more quickly with the overuse of HMOs As soon as all these classes are evaluated on the scale of how risky it is followed by a rating, the team put together a thorough inspection process - worst first - in order to deal with HMO which are suspected or which are known in advance in bad condition. Following evaluation, the Local authority or council has a variety of options. The initial step, nonetheless, is to perform a housing risk evaluation named HHSRS. This informs people, whether the defects can cause harm or not. In cases where category 1 risks are found out, the Local Housing Authority has the responsibility to take some action to treat those threats, for example making use of Prohibitive Notices or Renovation Notices. The Local authority works along with property owners in order to enhance their properties in the most convenient way to ensure they're following the agreement but still support the fundamental HMOs elements. 

    The Council does not have any intent to enforce unwanted enhancements on the housing sector or shift an urban community towards wealthier residents or to make an increase in property values. The Local Housing Authority Guideline provides property owners as well as renters all the details they require on the minimal threshold or the benchmark criteria for housing standards for all types of properties. Here at Property People we have been dealing with HMOs for many years. We have a few properties on our books which are HMOs and are based in London Boroughs of Wandsworth and Merton. This has given us first hand experience in dealing with HMOs in line with the government legislation. We will be more than happy to discuss how we can manage an HMO for you. If you are thinking of increasing or boosting your rental income by letting out your property as HMO, please get in touch by calling our office on 020 8946 7171 or emailing us on [email protected] By Natalie Elms. Senior Sales & Lettings Negotiator at Property People. Estate agents in Wimbledon Park