Certificates of Lawful Use (Historical Use)
HMO Licensing

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2 weeks ago
I have 4 HMO's that fall within the Nottingham City council Article 4 area, which was granted in 2012. They are all fully licensed and I have been operating these since 2003 (5 bed), 2005 (4 bed), 2007 (3 bed) and 2008 (4 bed).
I am about to apply for Certificates of Lawful Use (c3 to c4) for all of them, and wondered if anyone had any experience of this with NCC? What documents do they accept as proof of continued use?
I am reluctant to talk to the planners directly, in the first instance, as my experience of NCC is that they are very anti-landlord. I feel like they will look for any reason to deny the certificates. The 3 bed inparticular may have had periods where there was a month or two of voids, which I'm worried NNC will say constitutes a reversion back to c3 and therefore I dont have the 10 years use required to qualify for the certificate of lawfulness.
Any comments/advice would be appreciated even if not specifically for Nottingham.

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