Illegal HMO- Do we advise Council?Make Text Bigger
Dear all, just need some guidance. In summary we gave our house to a rent guarantee company back in 2018. It has turned out to be a big mistake as we have received very poor service and most recently they have stopped paying us rent. We were informed that it would be let to a family as part of the agreement we had no control over the tenants living there.
At an inspection made by us back in April we found out that it was being used as an HMO and it is clear that the rent guarantee company has not applied for or have proper licence in place. They have now stopped paying us rent and no longer in communication with us. We are now going through the legal channels.
At the April inspection, we met the individuals living at our property and took their contact details and they were actually being not treated well by the rent guarantee company and had many complaints.
We have now managed to to get them to stop paying rent to the rent guarantee company. Long story, but leaving that aside, the question is the issue of an illegal HMO and I believe as the property owners we are responsible to have a property HMO licence which we have not
To protect our interests, the question is would it be advisable to contact the council and inform them of the events and what has happened and no HMO in place? This in my opinion this would be in our interests as we have told the council before they find out form some other source. After this we can I suppose get some time form the council to sort ourselves out and plan ahead what to do.
Many thanks for your help.
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