15:54 PM, 16th June 2021, About 2 months ago 5
An HMO licence application was submitted on 29th May 2020 on behalf of our landlord client and the 1st instalment of the licencing fee – £750 was paid.
On 5th January 2021, the tenants surrendered their tenancy and returned keys. To deal with the unwelcome void period, the landlord decided to let for a period of 1 year to a single family whose position was uncertain until they could get their situation back on track.
When the council inspected, they found the occupants to be a single family and immediately said that the wrong licence had been applied for. They said they intend to revoke the HMO application, keep the £750 already paid (no refund possible they say) and now insist on a brand-new application for a Selective Licence.
But when the family moves out in January 2022 and the property then reverts back to HMO use, they will revoke the Selective licence, keep the licence fee once again and then insist on payment of another £1500 for a new HMO licence.
That surely cannot be right. Can a council behave in this way?
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