Partitioned bedroom next to kitchen
HMO Licensing

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4 months ago

Hi there

I could not post on the message below by LadyofLand regarding Tower Hamlets not allowing a bedroom in a partitioned part of a living room so I thought I would put my own post to ask how that went and if anyone has a similar experience.

Many years ago, I partitioned a dining room off of my lounge (with exits through the kitchen and through the lounge to the fire exit balcony). The council has recently introduced additional licencing and I need to apply for one but would like to keep 3 tenants rather than 2 (large property). I recently had sign off on the building from fire assessors but I am unsure how that is likely to stand with my local council when I approach them for an additional licence. Will they just reject the arrangement out of hand as it is not how the original flat was structured. I am also unsure if they have the right to inform the freeholder that I have partitioned off the living room (surely they can only look at the floorplan I send them in relation to the additional licence application and cannot share that information with the housing department).

Also has anyone had a bedroom which is too small to be a bedroom under an additional licence but that can be combined with another part of the house (say as a study) of which the tenant can have private exclusive use of to make up the minimum required space? The tenant could perhaps use the dining room as an entertaining/study space but do their sleeping in the small bedroom upstairs.

Are there any agencies/lawyers who offer pratcical advice to landlords as to how to structure their flat so that it fits the additional licencing criteria. The council won't even discuss until I have paid their fees and I'd like to be fairly confident of how to approach it before I go down this road with them.
Thank you

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