Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMO) Often get a bad wrap, but not all HMOs are born equal, check out this stunning HMO that our specialist HMO architect helped one of our clients achieve planning permission and building regulations compliance for.
Whilst the press like to link HMO ownership with slum landlords and poor housing standards, that is clearly not always the truth.
With expensive rents and costs in areas such as Bristol & Bath HMOs are an important part of ensuring affordable housing supply.
If you are thinking of investing in a HMO in Bristol, Bath, Newport, Cardiff or elsewhere feel free to get in contact as there are strict rules around licensing, planning and additional article 4 directions that must be adhered to.
How can we help?
As a multidisciplinary practice we can help with the initial RICS building survey before acquisition, often this is followed with a feasibility study with one of our Architects leading to a pre planning application submission.
Our team of architects, technologists, structural engineers and party wall surveyors will then help you deal with all of the compliance aspects such as planning permissions, licence applications and building regulations compliance.
We can also help look at remodelling an existing idling you own time create a higher yield.
As a company we have been helping landlords for over 10 years in the South West optimise their portfolios.
You can find our more about HMO licences in Bristol here.
Fire risk assessments in HMOs
Did you know? Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, it is a legal requirement for the owner of a HMO to carry out a fire safety risk assessment.
FRAs will identify any safety issues and safety strategies, this will in turn provide required actions for the landlord.
It is an offence not to carry out a fire safety risk assessment and the responsible person may be prosecuted.
If you own a HMO and don’t have a Fire Risk Assessment please get in contact to receive a quote.
I have enjoyed working with Western Building Consultants on a complicated project for about 4 years now. During that time they have without fail given me a high level of customer service, being welcoming, responsive and competent.
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Thank you so much for all your advice today. That was so very helpful, not only with the structure of the property but especially with your comments about the whole set up. I can see that we were within a gnat’s whisker of entering a complete can of worms… Thank you so much for saving us from making a stupid mistake.
Thanks to you both your help in this matter – you were both extremely efficient and accommodating (more than I can say about other companies I contacted).
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Thank you for your extremely comprehensive report. It will be of immense help when deciding on the works we would like to carry out on the property. We have decided to take your advice and move into the property and live in it for a while to assess our requirements.
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Hello Kerry, Many thanks for the report and invoice receipt.
Please pass on my thanks to Paul for the survey. In my working life, I read many stock survey reports – I work with social housing providers to set up their asset management strategies – and this was one of the clearest and most comprehensive I’ve seen.
Dear Paul, Thank you so much for your fast response and the detail in your report is very very good and greatly appreciated. Thank you for your efforts.
Many thanks for your swift and thorough return of this report, we so appreciate you getting this back to us on such a tight turn around this week, and on the first read it seems extremely clear and comprehensive.
Hi Kerry / Paul, Thanks for sending the survey across.
I’d also like to thank you for your excellent service and professionalism. I considered many surveyors before choosing to proceed with you and it’s clear that I made the right choice. I won’t hesitate to recommend you to family, friends and colleagues in the future.
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