11:43 AM, 24th September 2015, About 6 years ago 9
We run a shop and were able to buy the building in 2010. A protected/regulated tenant has been there since 1987, who we know, and so paid a price that reflected the situation.
Somewhere in the distant past, the previous LL gave them permission to rent out a room to help with the rent. The thing is, as she has a husband and rents a room to another individual to which they all share a bathroom and kitchen. Does this flat become a house of multiple occupation? If so, who should be licenced and is currently in breach of the 2006 regs?
Our building insurer has been very thorough and wants a lot of detail regarding tenants. We have asked for the original agreement and the letter giving permission to let the room and to answer the insurer’s question, but our tenant says the docs have been lost. So we ask for the tenant to put that in writing, which never happens!! She earns very well out of that room and has in the past rented two rooms out. Yes, its a big flat. Can we force her to declare how much she earns from it?
We are also in the process of determining a fair rent with the valuation office. Should I raise this HMO question with the val office when we meet at the property?
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