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About 2 weeks ago 36
I’ve read Bexley Council and Government guidance but am just more confused than when I started.
I have converted my house into 3 separate living ‘units’, I’m not calling them flats as they don’t meet building regulations (I do have planning permission for the extension and conversion works).
Each unit has its own entrance, bedroom, kitchen, en-suite and living room. It was originally designed for myself and my two daughters to live in, so we would all have independence and privacy without them having to try and afford places of their own.
One of my daughters has now moved into a flatshare and won’t be living in her unit. I would like to rent this out privately.
Here are my questions:
Would my property be classed as an HMO as it is (3 separate units) or could I class the tenant as a lodger?
Would I need to make one of the areas shared to qualify as either HMO or lodger (I would like to keep them separate if possible)?
Could I keep my unit as self-contained or would I need to share one of the spaces as well?
I know I won’t need a licence if it’s classed as an HMO but I will need different planning permission which I would very much like to avoid if possible and if I could get the tenant in as a lodger I don’t think I need the extra planning permission.
This is all new to me and I can’t make head nor tail of the stuff I’m reading.
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