Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill or Artificial state manipulation of free market rent?10:34 AM, 6th November 2020
About 4 weeks ago 36
I have an HMO situation that I may need some help and advice with. I applied to Barnet council for an HMO license which was granted.
A few weeks later Barnet council Planning Dept have now written to me asking me questions.
After doing some checking myself, I can see that six other flats in my purpose-built block have a been rejected for an HMO licence due to requiring planning permission for a change of use – from C3 (Dwellinghouse) to C4 (HMO) – planning for which was refused..
The reason for the denial seems to be there was not a continuous use of three of the rooms since Barnet change their policies in May 2016. These previous rejections were also given the reason that the Barnet VOA system shows that the flats have been paying council tax as a mixed use property, not as an HMO.
Couple of questions
– Since 2014 I rented the property out to an agency who was subletting each room. I took it back in Nov 2018. Because of this, I am unsure about how best to answer the question – when “operations or activities stated in the notice began” (the notice being the Planning notice they sent me)
– If I personally have been paying the council tax in my property for the last few years, does this mean there may be an adjustment in payment required?
Any advice on my next move?
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