13:54 PM, 10th September 2021, About 2 years ago 38
After having gained planning permission we recently carried out a renovation of a large house into a 7 bedroom HMO with all the rooms benefitting from their own en-suite, but still having to share kitchen and lounge facilities, and all services of electric, heating and Wi-fi included in the all-inclusive rent.
When the rating officer looks at the situation, he rates all rooms as Band A, not as an HMO!
My question to other Landlords caught in the same situation which I believe are many is:
Should it be necessary to re licence it as an HMO as they are now all “self-contained dwelling units” and paying their own Band A rates does the HMO planning still apply as the rating office has surely changed the category by making them independent dwellings, or would it be necessary to apply for a change of planning to not pay the licencing fees and having all the bureaucratic requirements surrounding such properties?
Anyone with experience in this relatively new situation?