Hi Nicola.... ok, let's wait a little longer please. Thanx
How long has it been used as two flats?
Do you have a certificate of lawfulness?
Hi. There are actually 6 self-contained studios and no, I do not have a certificate of lawfulness. All I did was to create 3 new internal bathrooms (3 already existed), which have full building regs approval. I have been renting out the rooms in this house for well over 10 years now. Up until this year, however, they were all using shared facilities (bathrooms and kitchens). They now each have their own.
I will look into this further and provide a detailed response in the morning.
I hope this is okay?
That will be fine. Thank you very much indeed for your assistance.
These units are let to people who would otherwise be on the street, and have come to me mainly via charities who help find homes for the homeless. I know this doesn't make any difference to the situation but I just thought I would mention it.
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I have been unavoidably had to deal with work commitments.
In response to your question,yes the council can ask you to apply for a HMO licence if the units do not have permission for separate units.
In order to get around this, I would suggest that you obtain a certificate of lawfulness from your council. If you have been using the units for over 4 years and can provide evidence, the council should grant this.
Once you have this , you should approach the local council and inform them of the fact that they are separate units with a certificate of lawfulness.
Hopefully this should do the trick.
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