170.Section 142 allows a local authority to grant a temporary exemption order if the owner of an unlicensed HMO that requires to be licensed applies. The owner must explain the steps to be taken to stop the premises from being an HMO, and the local authority must be satisfied that these steps will be successful. The HMO does not need a licence during the term of the order, which is three months unless extended in exceptional circumstances. Under section 143, the order may require the owner to carry out work to improve the safety or security of the occupants for the duration of the order. This could include minor works or the provision of removable equipment where licence conditions would normally require permanent, fixed items.