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About 2 weeks ago 36
We have a property in Nottingham. It is currently 3 flats (one on each of the 3 storeys). Each flat contains 2 bedsits a shower room and a kitchenette. Each flat is connected to the central stairwell (and ground floor flat also has a dedicated entrance.
I am currently refurbishing and making each room en suite. Should I keep the set up as it is or change the building to a 6 bed HMO (this would mean making the middle floor kitchenette into a bedroom and changing one of the ground floor bedrooms into a living room – but then there are no longer 2 bedsits on each floor.
I also have the option of putting on a conservatory/small extension as the living/dining area. If I did this option, I could maintain the building as either 3 flats as they are (i.e. 6 bedsits) but also have the option of giving all access to the communal living area.
Is it therefore an option to apply for change of use to joint C3/C4 (not even sure if Nottingham do this but other councils do) to give me ongoing flexibility to rent each room or flat individually or as a 6 bed HMO.
The property was previously used as a 6 bedsit ‘hostel’ but each flat is registered with planning as C3, but it may still get change of use despite article 4 because of this history.
This property will be let to students, who are council tax exempt (and actually the council tax is for the whole property anyway). My son will be owner/occupier but don’t think this will make much difference.
Any advice as to the best route to go?
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