The council will check if you have "satisfactory management arrangements" for your House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).
What are satisfactory management arrangements?
The council will check
- if any person involved in managing the HMO is competent to do so;
- if the owner and person's involved in managing the property are fit and proper person;
- whether the management and financial structures in place are appropriate.
Code of Practice for HMOs
There is a Code of Practice for the Management of HMOs. You and the property manager have to follow this code.
The code of practice covers different issues, including
- standards for accommodation
- procedures for electrical and gas safety testing and certification
- fire safety requirements
- cleaning requirements at the start of a tenancy
- repairs to the property, its systems, fixtures and furnishings
- collection and disposal of rubbish
- provision of information to residents
Tenants' responsibilities under the code of practice
Tenants also have responsibilities under the code of practice for HMOs. Make sure you give your tenants a copy of this code and make sure they understand it.
- Not prevent or obstruct the manager from carrying out their duties;
- Allow the manager to access the property at reasonable times for reasonable purposes
- Provide information to the HMO manager that they need to follow the code of practice
- Avoid damaging the property, its systems, furniture and furnishings
- Follow the manager's instructions for fire safety and disposal of rubbish
- Avoid using portable gas appliances.
Give tenants a warning if they are not following the code of practice. Make sure they understand their responsibilities.