Baggy Robbins

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Friday 5th September 2014


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Baggy Robbins

13:32 PM, 17th September 2014
About 6 years ago

How could I convert my property so it is no longer an HMO?

Mike, Allan and Ian, thank you so much for your advice, it is all very useful. I shall definitely attend the meeting in Queens Hotel, that sounds like a great idea.

Ian - thank you for your 'no-nonsense' approach, I will take heed of the policies highlighted in the linked document.

Allan - really appreciate your thoughts, the meeting sounds like an excellent place to thrash this out in full and I look forward to meeting the others.

Mike - massive thanks for your thorough feedback, I will look at the links you have suggested and carefully consider your points. I converted the property into one unit through planning in order not to pay two sets of council tax for a house only I was living in. I also had to seek change of use (to residential) as the ground floor unit had previously been commercial. The door that joins the upstairs to the downstairs is not a necessary access route for either flat (downstairs/upstairs both still have a front and back door if I brick it up). In order to keep this as simple as possible I think I will submit a planning application for two flats and lose the extra lodger in the bottom flat. The brother and sister on the ground floor then remain as one household in one flat. In the first floor flat the boyfriend and girlfriend can remain and I can use the loft room for me. As I understand it this would make the ground floor flat a straight forward rent, and I would then be sharing my flat with two lodgers in the first floor flat. Phew! I may consider the ground floor flat HMO option in future, once I have sorted out the planning application. It would be great to show you floor plans Mike but I don't want to take advantage of your generosity. Really impressed by this service and the advice I have been offered. Thanks loads.... Read More

Baggy Robbins

15:00 PM, 14th September 2014
About 6 years ago

How could I convert my property so it is no longer an HMO?

Thank you so much for the feedback all, especially Mike for such a thorough response. I think what you have said is right and I need to lose one lodger from the ground floor. The two floors both have their own entrance, the ground floor uses the front door and first floor uses the side entrance. The property was originally two separate units, so I think after what has been said I should return it to two separate spaces via planning application. Both units also have their own gas/electric meter so it would certainly appear to be a 257 HMO. I will read the link carefully and see what I need to do. Thanks a lot Mike, really appreciate your thoughts, Baggy... Read More