HMO rooms rated as Band A?

HMO rooms rated as Band A?

13:54 PM, 10th September 2021, About 2 weeks ago 23

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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?

Many thanks

Martin



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by DSR

17:37 PM, 15th September 2021, About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Ian Narbeth at 15/09/2021 - 16:53
aaahh I understand. Still a hell of a problem if the HMO is only in benefit tenant areas if you know the tenants can't pay the top ups as it is without accounting for voids going forward where A banding now applies. If you can't get the money out of the tenant then you risk longer voids. So essentially you can't factor band A voids in or you end up with no tenant and a longer void period. Dammed if you do, dammed if you don't.

by Earlsdon

13:04 PM, 17th September 2021, About A week ago

I would rent the whole house out on one AST if possible, do not allocate tenants an exclusive right to occupy a particular room. This provides each tenant the right to occupy any part of the property, they can of course agree between themselves which room they wish to occupy and pay a share of the rent on that basis. This is possible with student lets but more problematic if your tenants are transient.

by Andrew

8:23 AM, 25th September 2021, About A day ago

A landlord successfully challenged the voa https://www.property118.com/landlord-defeats-voa-land-tribunal-ruling-banding-individual-hmo-rooms-council-tax-purposes/

Read through this article And watch the video And see how many the criterion match your situation


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