HMO Made Simple

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With lots of new changes happening in the property industry, a lot of people are talking about HMOs as a leading property investment strategy. But what is HMO – let’s demystify few concepts around it?

HMO stands for House of Multiple Occupation.

An HMO is a property that is let by rooms to individual tenants. Essentially, it is any house where two or more unrelated people live together in separate rooms AND share certain common facilities, including the kitchen, dining area, garden, toilet, and shower. If these conditions are met, you can call it a House of Multiple Occupation.

If a toilet and shower are located inside a private room, this is known as an en-suite room. However, from the perspective of the whole household, the property is still classified as a HMO because the kitchen would still be shared.

Common misconception: There is much talk about HMO regulations, licensing, and safety standards taking place, but it is a common mistake to think that if your house is an HMO it will automatically fall under all these regulations and will cost you a fortune to setup and maintain. It usually differs from council to council (therefore please check with your local borough council). There are many types of HMOs. For instance, some HMOs require planning permission and license, some require just a license and some do not require a licence.

There are three different type of HMO licensing:

  • Mandatory licensing – which applies nationwide
  • Additional licensing – which varies for each council
  • Selective licensing – which also differs for each council.

There are also new planning regulations which came into force quite recently – Article 4.

All the information can be found in your council’s website, however you can always contact us and we will help you establishing whether or not your property needs a license.

Nonetheless, even if you do not need a license, you are still required to maintain a certain level of safety standards. This includes the installation of working fire alarms, clear fire exits, hygienic facilities, an operational heating system and water supply, waste disposal, and minimum room sizes.

The most important thing to remember is this: if you are renting your property by rooms to independent tenants who share the common facilities, then your property is a HMO, automatically.

In most cases, the reason why most landlords decide to rent their properties as HMOs is because of higher rental income, more control in what’s happening at the property and less wear and tear in the property (when compared to a family-let property).

I hope this post helped you understanding the concept of HMO a bit better. If you need any help or advice on HMO regulations, HMO management or any other advice in relation to Houses of Multiple Occupation, please feel free to contact us.

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Isabelle Marchand
Isabelle Marchand
09:10 02 Dec 18
I was a tenant for PPC for 3 years and always found them very responsive and truly helpful. They have sorted any problem that had come up with the flat every time and with no delay. Would truly recommend!
Yunsuh Huh
Yunsuh Huh
18:49 03 Nov 18
I lived at the flat managed by Prime Property Care ltd. My experience is really amazing! In terms of cost, quality, and location, it was the best deal. I found one close to my office, just like 15 mins away from Bank station but the rent is so affordable. lived there about 2 years. Moving out now since I will get married and need a bigger room but my experience with Prime Property Care ltd is awesome!! I really like them and their service. They know you by your name. You also know them by their name. Hope you can find your home from these people as well!! MANY MANY THANKS to Prime Property Care ltd sincerely!!!
Allan Lewis
Allan Lewis
21:14 16 Oct 18
I have worked for Ilva and Alex for the past 6 years and have always found them to very professional and a pleasure to work for. Reports from the tennents are always complimentary and as a tradesman I find their service and commitment to their business is very professional and of a very higj standard. Highly recommended.
London S
London S
11:58 13 Oct 18
I've known Ilva and Alex for 4 years now. They have been super helpful and making a serious effort to change the letting industry in London. My journey would have been very different without their support. I have connected to so many great people through their events, which I am very grateful for! ~ Elena
Alex Soul
Alex Soul
14:01 08 Oct 18
I just wanted to say how proud I am with our Team and the way they deliver service to all our Tenants and Landlords. At times it can be challenging and difficult, but it is always rewarding to know that we really help our Landlords with getting that peace of mind they deserve, whilst helping and taking care of our tenants to ensure their stay is safe and pleasurable experience. Thank you all! We will keep striving for even better quality, bigger impact and more value in this industry for both Landlords and Tenants. With Gratitude, Alex (Founder)
Andrea Vucetich
Andrea Vucetich
20:02 30 Mar 17
I've been staying with them for 3 months now and given what I've seen around I feel like finding this agency was a veey lucky strike... Nothing exceptional about the house, it's just like in the description, but the price is fair for London average and I yet have to experience a problem with heating, intrusive inspections from landlord/agency or stuff like that... Which for the stories that I've heard around, really is as good as you get, I believe
margot pereira
margot pereira
15:17 26 Sep 15
It has been 6 months that Ilva and Alex are taking care of the flat where I actually live in London, and they are sincerely the best agency I ever met. They are really nice, flexible, comprehensive, and are concerned about the welfare of the tenants. In my case, they renovated all the flat held by a previous agency who let the flat in poor conditions. It is a pleasure to be in contact with these human persons, who are not establishing ridiculous rules in order to make money as I saw in previous agencies. I highly recommend their services :-) Margot.P
margot pereira
margot pereira
15:17 26 Sep 15
It has been 6 months that Ilva and Alex are taking care of the flat where I actually live in London, and they are sincerely the best agency I ever met. They are really nice, flexible, comprehensive, and are concerned about the welfare of the tenants. In my case, they renovated all the flat held by a previous agency who let the flat in poor conditions. It is a pleasure to be in contact with these human persons, who are not establishing ridiculous rules in order to make money as I saw in previous agencies. I highly recommend their services :-) Margot.P
Aarti Shah
Aarti Shah
22:01 24 Sep 15
I have used Prime Property Care for managing one of my properties for over 2 years. Never have my tenants felt so happy and well cared for by Ilva and Alex's warm and friendly approach. Their attention to detail and genuine passion for the service they provide to tenants makes an ordinary rented house into a comfortable living home. I could not recommend them highly enough.
Aarti Shah
Aarti Shah
22:01 24 Sep 15
I have used Prime Property Care for managing one of my properties for over 2 years. Never have my tenants felt so happy and well cared for by Ilva and Alex's warm and friendly approach. Their attention to detail and genuine passion for the service they provide to tenants makes an ordinary rented house into a comfortable living home. I could not recommend them highly enough.
Thor Portess
Thor Portess
20:14 24 Sep 15
I have used Prime Property Care's property management services for the past 3 years and have been in the property industry for 17yrs to date. Ilva and Alex provide a first class service and are ethical in their business practice. I've only had one problem tenant and Prime Property dealt with this situation both professionally and efficiently. Together with my tenants and business partners, we are very happy with Prime Properties services and are happy to recommend them. Thor Portess, London
Thor Portess
Thor Portess
20:14 24 Sep 15
I have used Prime Property Care's property management services for the past 3 years and have been in the property industry for 17yrs to date. Ilva and Alex provide a first class service and are ethical in their business practice. I've only had one problem tenant and Prime Property dealt with this situation both professionally and efficiently. Together with my tenants and business partners, we are very happy with Prime Properties services and are happy to recommend them. Thor Portess, London
Andreea Pavaloiu
Andreea Pavaloiu
19:53 16 Sep 15
When I first moved to the apartment it was not managed by Ilva. I cannot and do not want to remember the previous management agency. Needless to say they charged ridiculous fees for services they provided when they were no longer needed. And then the change in management occured and things finally started to look and feel normal, as standards grew. Ilva was extraordinarily committed to doing all the necessary work in the house, while also providing for our security and comfort. She was really understanding and present and made sure everything was done properly and in a short amount of time. Extremely kind, respectful and professional, she turned the property into a home. Soooo thank you so much for all the help. I totally recommend the agency for high quality accommodation in London. Best wishes, Andreea
Yury Khreptovich
Yury Khreptovich
21:11 08 Sep 15
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Yury Khreptovich
Yury Khreptovich
21:11 08 Sep 15
The way this guys operate makes you fill that you in the good hands. Definitely will recommend to others. Keep up the good work!
Nelson Velosa
Nelson Velosa
17:58 04 Sep 15
We have known Alex and Ilva for many years. And it is hard to believe what the previous review said. When we used to live in England they helped us with our property needs. Now we work together. We have some properties in Portugal and guys always try to find the right buyers or tenants for us. When we were buying our own apartment, their advises were very useful and helpful. They work fast and very professionally and sometimes I surprise a lot how these young people can know so much and have so rich experiment. I strongly recommend to rely on their values and services they provide.
Nelson Velosa
Nelson Velosa
17:58 04 Sep 15
We have known Alex and Ilva for many years. And it is hard to believe what the previous review said. When we used to live in England they helped us with our property needs. Now we work together. We have some properties in Portugal and guys always try to find the right buyers or tenants for us. When we were buying our own apartment, their advises were very useful and helpful. They work fast and very professionally and sometimes I surprise a lot how these young people can know so much and have so rich experiment. I strongly recommend to rely on their values and services they provide.
K Kodra
K Kodra
13:35 04 Sep 15
I know Alex for over 10 years now and I know Ilva very well as well. They do put all the positive energy into what they do and stay highly committed to their hight ethical values. Growing business is not easy and for the last 3 years I have seen they have been doing exceptionally well helping Tenants and Landlords to find best solutions for their property needs in London. They have also advised me personally on a number of occasions with regards to purchasing and renting my own properties. I definitely rely on their values and services they provide. Kim
K Kodra
K Kodra
13:35 04 Sep 15
I know Alex for over 10 years now and I know Ilva very well as well. They do put all the positive energy into what they do and stay highly committed to their hight ethical values. Growing business is not easy and for the last 3 years I have seen they have been doing exceptionally well helping Tenants and Landlords to find best solutions for their property needs in London. They have also advised me personally on a number of occasions with regards to purchasing and renting my own properties. I definitely rely on their values and services they provide. Kim
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