Southwark insist I leave a room unoccupied so going to Tribunal – Help!

Southwark insist I leave a room unoccupied so going to Tribunal – Help!

7:56 AM, 20th May 2017, About 4 years ago 21

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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!

Ross



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by Ross Tulloch

8:12 AM, 21st June 2017, About 4 years ago

Update. I met with Southwark Council at the property and I'm delighted to say they are allowing it even though the room size does not comply which is a perfectly normal thing they are able to do if generally the place is suitable.


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