The current position:
I own a property which consists of a shop on the ground floor and a 2 bed flat on the 1st and 2nd floor. The tenant of the flat (a single person) has been in occupation for approx 30 years as a regulated tenant and is paying a fair rent.
I am moving my business into the shop and in order for the shop to fit my business needs I need to build and extension to the ground floor.
In order to build the ground floor extension without internal dividing walls, I need to knock down part of the 1st floor flat (kitchen and toilet see image below).
I am willing to place the tenant into temporary accommodation whilst the work is going on and move her back after.
(1). Can I seek possession of the flat on the grounds that I intend to rebuild the property and part of the flat.
(2). Separate to question (1) if the tenant is being moved out I would like to extend the 1st and 2nd floor to build 3 flats. I will move the tenant back into one of the flats under the same security.
(3) If in principle a Court is likely to grant possession what might be the procedure time scale and estimated costs 5K 10K etc.
(4) Any additional advice I may not have considered.
Architects plans are on hold until I get clarification of the position.
Robin (image of rear of shop below)