Surely I am not the only landlord worried about new EPC requirements?9:44 AM, 17th February 2021
About A week ago 125
The attached neighbour to our rental property conducted works which included a loft conversion and kitchen roof height lift.
The Council have confirmed that no permission was applied for (or retrospectively requested) and possibly PD rights were exceeded. Building Regs were also not applied for. Work is believed to have taken place circa 2 years ago.
I also made them aware that the neighbouring property is an HMO and I think the loft has been made into another room (to get more people in) and I am sceptical this meets room minimum standards. The Council stated they are aware it is an HMO but have never visited and have no intention of doing so due to Covid. They also say its probably not financially beneficial to investigate this. (yet they go hell for leather when it’s a decent LL they want to try and throw the book at!)
My tenant has complained of mice, and she knows it is coming from the adjoining property. More people more food in more rooms, or a shoddy work with gaps now mice are getting in?
I have contacted the owner and the HMO management company – no response.
I suspect a breach of the HMO requirements and clearly, the lack of permissions says it all in my eyes.
The owner should have contacted me about any works to the party wall, but clearly didn’t – where do I go from here with this?
Are there free surveyors that come and take a view on this?
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