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A year ago I sold a property that was used loosely as self contained units/bedsits. The new owner knew that it did not have full planning consent for this use – it had previously been a hostel, then HMO (I had an HMO license) when licensing came in and a few were altered further.
The new owner intended to upgrade and to use as fully self contained units and let via an agency. He did do a lot of work, but did not deal with the planning issues by way of a certificate of lawful use which he had assured me he would.
He’s now been issued with an enforcement notice and has asked me to join forces with him to appeal saying that I am equally liable for this and will be prosecuted for benefiting from illegal earnings during the time I had it. He was 100% aware of the buildings planning consents when he purchased.
Question is, is this correct?
I doubt anything I add will now help his case as he was refused the CLUED and the enforcement notice issued rather than the opportunity to reapply.
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