The HMO management regulations place duties on the manager and tenants of a HMO. Both Landlords and Managing Agents must ensure they are compliant with these regulations.
Failure to comply can result in prosecution and a fine of up to £5000 for each offence.
Landlord / managing agents duties
A summary of the landlord / managing agents duties include:
The fixed electrical installation must be inspected and tested at intervals not exceeding 5 years, certificates to be supplied to the local authority within 7 days of a request. Neither gas nor electricity supplies should be unreasonably interrupted.
Duty to maintain common parts, fixtures, fittings and appliances
Should all be kept clean, in good repair and in good working order. These include gas, electric, lighting, heating, hot water, toilets, baths, wash-basins, sinks, cookers, fridges, food storage, windows, ventilation, yards, paths, gardens and so on.
Each room must be kept in good repair and installations in good working order. Each room must be in a clean condition at the beginning of the tenant’s occupation.
Disposal of refuse and litter
Litter must not be allowed to accumulate and bins adequate to the requirements of the tenants.