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I have a HMO which I bought way back, it is officially licensed etc and above board.
They recently discovered that there was a basement in the building which had been converted in to a room with en-suite facilities illegally. The work was done before we bought the building and has never been let out and won’t be because it is not up to scratch from a legislation point of view etc.
I had a meeting with building control, private sector housing and planning. They are now saying that as it has come to their attention that this is there, that they want me to put it beyond use. Which would basically mean, taking out the en-suite and cutting off the water supply to the area. Removing and cutting off the sockets and electrics to the area and get a new periodic inspection report.
To me is seems completely over the top as have not asked for it to be licensed, and don’t rent the room out, so why do I have to go to all this expense of making it unusable.
My question is, can they make me do this or can I lawfully argue that the room is not being used, it won’t be used so let’s leave it as that.
Thanks for your help.
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