12:34 PM, 18th October 2013, About 9 years ago 7
The importance of my question is that, depending on the answer, it may be a way for landlords to bypass requirements for HMO licensing, selective licensing and the problems associated with article 4 restrictions.
Yes it’s a simple question but with enormous consequences and to my knowledge the question has never previously been asked.
Just suppose a landlord rents a 5 bed three story town house to Mr X and gives him permission to take in up to 4 lodgers.
Does the property require an HMO licence?
Please bear in mind the landlord will never actually know how many lodgers the tenant has taken in and the number will change frequently.
To my knowledge there is no legislation to suggest that a tenant can’t also be a resident landlord.
I have checked the legislation and whilst I accept I might have missed something I can see nothing to answer this question.
I raised this question on the HMO Facebook Group and so far I’ve not got a clear cut answer there despite several responses and comments
I look forward to reading your comments below.