A house occupied by more than 2 qualifying persons, being persons who are not all members of the same family.
Family: spouse, children, grand children, parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, nephews and niece
Article 75, Housing (NI) Order 1992 as Amended
When a building (previously in residential usage) is converted into flats and there are more than 2 people who are not all members of the same family in the overall building.
The overall building is regarded as a HMO
When a flat within a purpose built or non residential conversion is occupied by more than 2 people who are not all members of the same family from the individual flat is a HMO
430+ Article 80 Notices - Current Year
To Provide Adequate Means of Escape from Fire & Other Fire Precautions (93%)
600+ Article 79 Notices - Current Year
Ensure that All Means of Escape from Fire and all Apparatus, Systems & Other Things provided by way of Fire Precautions are Maintained in Good Order (53%)
Each of the 3 Primary Authorities inform the others of HMO properties they have identified.
When serving a Statutory Notice the Housing Executive inform Building Control (if building control approval is required).
We also inform NIFRS if the works are fire safety measures, inviting the NIFRS to consider carrying out a Fire Safety Audit
Building Control Open a database and write to the person on whom the notice is served informing them that they need to apply for Building Control Approval.
They may consult with NIFRS
NIFRS write to the person on whom a notice has been served informing them about "Fire Risk Assessments", NIHE are copied into all correspondences.
NIFRS have identified HMOS as the No1 priority for Safety Audits
The Housing Executive inform Building Control and NIFRS on the completion of a notice
If an application for building control approval has been sought Building Control will carry out a final inspection.
If no application has been sought they will pro-actively engage with the "applicant"
Included in the NIFRS Fire Audit Programme
NIFRS can at any stage serve a prohibition notice, preventing the property being used as a HMO if they have concerns regarding fire safety in the property.
NIHE will consult / request NIFRS to consider taking action on HMO properties we have particular concerns about
NIFRS can initiate legal proceedings in accordance with the power contained within the Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 and the Fire Safety Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010
The Housing Executive will Prosecute owners/ managers for non compliance with a statutory notice.
If the property is registered the Housing Executive can also prosecute for breech of registration condition
The NIFRS & the Housing Executive will assist the partner organisation in any legal action the other decides to take. Including the provision of witness statements and / or giving evidence in any court case