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About 2 weeks ago 36
HMO License in Southwark insisting I have an empty room. Appealing to tribunal.
I have a flat in Southwark, 3 bedrooms and living room which I refurbished 3 years ago. Have 4 people, each have their own room and the living room is now a bedroom, and very happy. I am having to apply for HMO as all properties like this (2 or more families, with 3 or more people) need license.
The smallest double room has to remain unoccupied, because they say the kitchen ( with breakfast bar for 2 and usual space for cooker, f/f, oven hob washing machine) is too small for 4 and the bedroom (double bed, wardrobe, desk, chair chest bedside, 8.61m) was too small as well.
Now I will only be allowed 3 tenants with I guess a living room, but that will mean with a living room 3 will each pay more. AAArrrrrgh!!!
This I know will mean several of our properties would fail in the same way.
Across London if this comes in it will add up to a huge number of rooms lost, and increased rents.
Does anyone have experience of this? I appreciate that Southwark Council are not interested on doing the right thing, only the rule thing.
Of course HMO licensing should not included room sizes, but that is another story!
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