8:57 AM, 17th August 2022, About 2 years ago 5
Hello everyone, I have a 3 bedroom flat, that was rented to 3 sharers (friends on 1 AST) for over 10 years.
It has 2 doubles and a large single.
The new rules meant that I either had to rent it out as a 2 bedroom flat, or register it as an HMO.
The rules for HMO room sizes meant that for an adult, the large single bedroom wasn’t big enough.
I rented the flat out as a 2 bedroom with office space but keeping the large lounge.
This year I converted the lounge so that I now have 3 large bedrooms, and the single bedroom is now the communal area. The price difference is £200pw extra. It was a no brainer.
Had this been a 2 bedroom flat with a double and the same large single, I wouldn’t need to register as an HMO and it wouldn’t have mattered if the 2nd bedroom was smaller.
Why does it matter?
I don’t understand the reasoning here with room sizes.
Before 3 bedrooms and large lounge where renters spent most of their time anyway. Now its 3 bedrooms, and the communal area is a small bedroom. Makes no sense at all.
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