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Your HMO & Building Regulations

If you are a property developer or landlord planning to convert a building into an HMO, one hugely important consideration is building regulations. HMOs are subject to certain regulations and licensing requirements to ensure the safety and well-being of their tenants, which are enforced by local authorities. This legislation can get fairly complicated quite quickly, but it’s important that any HMO investment meets all the regulatory requirements set out in UK law. HMO Designers are a team of dedicated specialists operating in the high-end HMO market. We have a wealth of experience in the world of HMOs and know how to comply with local regulations whilst allowing you to maximize your property potential for yourself and your tenants.

Getting to Grips with Building Regulations

Understanding HMO building regulations is an important step to overcome in your HMO investment project. The team at HMO Designers are equipped with the knowledge to help you navigate building regulations.


Depending on the size and location of your HMO property, there are certain licensing requirements that you may need to consider. Luckily, we can help you understand which license is required for your property and guide you through the process of obtaining it for your HMO.

Safety Requirements

From fire safety doors to electrical and gas safety assessments, there are many safety requirements that HMO developers need to come to terms with to ensure tenant safety and compliance. We can help ensure that your HMO meets all these safety standards.

Material Change of Use

Often when converting and changing the use of a building you may trigger requirements to upgrade the building. We can advise you from the outset on whether your project will need additional works completed too it, such as sound testing and upgrading of the existing external fabric. This way you'll be able to have a better understanding of your development costs.

How HMO Designers Work for You

HMO Design

Once your HMO property has been surveyed, we can create an accurate proposed sketch scheme compliant with building codes and regulation requirements, taking into account your specific requirements.

Planning Approval

Whether it’s for prior approval extensions or Suis Generis change of use, we work closely with you to prepare all the necessary planning documents to submit your applications. We are proud to boast a 98% approval rate.

Building Regulations

We can design, manage and coordinate your entire building regulation and technical packages, making sure to work closely with your local council or appointed inspector to ensure building regulation approval.

The Build

When construction is underway, we can be as involved as you need us to be. We can work closely with your contractor to oversee the build, or take more of a hands-off approach. You can decide how much you’d like us to be involved.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Our approach involves close collaboration with clients throughout the design process. We prioritise client input, conduct regular consultations, and incorporate feedback to ensure that the final HMO design aligns with their vision, preferences, and goals.
Hiring an architect for your HMO project is essential to ensure optimal use of space, adherence to safety regulations, and compliance with local planning guidelines. Professional architects bring expertise in designing functional, aesthetically pleasing spaces that meet the unique requirements of HMO properties.
Yes, our practice assists clients in navigating the planning permission process for HMO projects. We work closely with local authorities to ensure that designs align with National and Local Planning Policy and obtain the necessary approvals.
Yes, our services extend to interior design and furnishing. We collaborate with clients to choose furnishings that align with the overall design concept and functionality, creating attractive and comfortable living spaces.
Our team is well-versed in the HMO licensing process. We guide clients through the application process, ensuring that the design meets the licensing requirements and providing necessary documentation to facilitate a smooth approval.
During the initial consultation, we can provide a rough cost estimate based on the scope of the project and your specific requirements. However, a more detailed estimate will be provided during the design development phase as the project details become clearer.
Our finished project typically have a gross yield of around 10%. Our goal is to pull 100% of the cash deployed back out on the first refinance.

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