Surely I am not the only landlord worried about new EPC requirements?9:44 AM, 17th February 2021
About 2 weeks ago 126
I need help please identifying whether a property is an HMO.
4 stories with 4 self contained units each with cooking and bathing facilities. Number of occupiers unclear, but minimum of 4.
However there is also a “communal room” with an en suite shower (i.e. it can only be reached via the communal room).
There is a sofa and chair in the room plus a TV but no kitchen/cooking facilities.
HMO info I’ve seen indicates that if there was no communal room and shower this would not be an HMO. However as the shower is available to occupiers will it be an HMO or will it depend on the local authority and their interpretation of the rules?
In the real world I suspect that the sofa is a sofa bed and this room is either let separately or is available for guests which makes me think it is an HMO, no matter what the owner does to avoid the costs of licencing which would be high as I don’t think it conforms with fire regs for an HMO.
Your views would be much appreciated.
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