Thank you for your contact email. I will look forward to hearing from you with your substantive reply. Nina Anstee
At the moment no one has moved in. I have just exchanged contracts on the flat and am planning to complete within days. I am planning to offer the students contracts for the next academic year -Sept 2014 - July 2015. Obviously they want to sign up a.s.a.p before they leave Bath for the vacation.
I could either give my grandson a contact like the other two students (but at a lower rent) or give him rent-free accommodation without a rental agreement.
No. he lives with his parents nearby, but not with me
Ok - its likely it will be a HMO
This is because there are people from 3 different families living in one house.
If it had been the case that he had been living with you and then he moved into this house, this could be an exception.
But due to the fact that he is not living with you, I dont think falls under the exemption
If it had been him and one other tenant it would not be a HMO
But because in effect there are 3 households there it could be
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
I have had further discussions with Bath City Council. They say that the legislation which governs HMO licensing and that which governs HMO planning is separate and different! the planning department has said that they cannot see any reason why I would not be granted planning consent for change from C3 toC4 but that I must apply. the only comfort I have got beyond this is that they say that I can go ahead and offer contracts to the 3 students now as they will not be moving in until mid September, by which time I should have planning consent. The senior officer when asked advised that in the unlikely event of consent being denied enforcement could take several months and I could also draw it out by appealing. she thought I could easily get through to the end of the academic year in this way.
I am wondering whether making a complaint now might influence the officers' attitude to ay planning application (which I have resigned myself to having to make). what do you think? Are you suggesting that by making a complaint I might be able to over-turn the planning department's instruction that I have to submit an application, or might get some sort of a waiver of the need for planning consent because of their incomplete advice....or just that I might get an apology.?
that's all thank you.