Buying an HMO that is unlicensed and converting to single use?Make Text Bigger
My husband and I are in the early stages of buying a property which currently has 8 tenants. It’s a Victorian house with a small basement, 4 let rooms in the first floor, 4 let rooms on second floor and a separate but unoccupied flat on top floor.
We intend to give notice to all tenants in the day we complete and convert house back to single use for our family. We are buying from a deceased estate.
The property was granted HMO planning permission in 1997 and it was renewed in 2002. Since then the rental agency and the deceased landlord claim to have written to the local council several times to ask if they need an HMO license.
Each time they have been told it is not necessary – we haven’t seen evidence of this. However, there are no HMO licences at all in the council area (from their website). We don’t want to stir up a hornets nest by asking the council about this, but at the same time don’t want to face a hefty fine and rent back payment!
Please can you advise what our legal position would be?
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