Can a one bed flat be a studio with a separate bedroom?

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13:44 PM, 29th March 2017
About 2 years ago

Can a one bed flat be a studio with a separate bedroom?

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Can a one bed flat be a studio with a separate bedroom?

I am looking to buy my first flat and I can only really afford a studio in London.

However I have noticed some have the same gross internal area as some one beds and I could easily re arrange the layout to create a bedroom. If I was to convert a studio into a one bed would it be classified as a studio still?

I have noticed in some cases people are advertising one beds as studios with a separate bedroom, which seems odd to me.

I realise the London plan stipulates internal areas but does this apply if it’s not a new build? Also does it make a difference of it is a purpose built block?

I wonder if there is a clause in the lease that stipulates it is a studio even if it is converted to a one bed.

Any help would be great.

Luke



Comments

Robert Mellors

11:03 AM, 30th March 2017
About 2 years ago

If it is made into a one bed flat then that is what it is and should be described as, BUT I suspect your lease prohibits you from making such alterations. There may also be a whole raft of planning permissions and building regulations you would have to adhere to. It is therefore one that you definitely need legal advice about (and you may need permission from the Freeholder, as well as the local authority).

John Constant

11:26 AM, 30th March 2017
About 2 years ago

From a mortgage point of view, it would be much more attractive as a 1 bed flat, rather than a Studio. Studio's are not liked by many lenders, who view them as appealing to a limited number of potential purchasers. I think that you would find it more attractive to potential buyers later on down the line when you came to sell too.
However, be mindful of the comments of the previous poster re the legal position.


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