Councils using ‘Intelligence’ to track down low EPC properties and fine £5,00015:08 PM, 29th March 2021
About 2 weeks ago 36
First off I want to thank you for being such a great resource. I have been lurking on here for a long time to help set up my business!
I specialise in converting 3 bedroom houses, into 6 studio, HMO rooms. Each room has their own en-suite and kitchenette (microwave and fridge) – the finishing and furnishings are exceptional and will appeal to the high end young professional market.
In houses I have converted previously, the houses have been large enough across for me not to require an attic conversions to get 6 units. So the Layout has been roughly that of a usual house, i.e. kitchen downstairs.
I am considering taking on a 3 bed property that needs needs an attic conversion (and thus will require mandatory HMO licencing and all the additional building control requirements that go along with it).
I would like to move a kitchen into a room, that is too small to use as a bedroom, and convert the large kitchen on the ground floor into a large studio. Typically tenants don’t really use the shared kitchen often, and only really use it for the washing machine and drying facilities.
My questions are – can I move the kitchen upstairs? If so, what building regs do I have to think about? Are there minimum space standards I have to think about for a smaller kitchen? All tenants will have enough storage in their own rooms for food, plates and cutlery – can I just put a hob, oven and washing machine?
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