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What restrictions are there on HMO-s?

We are looking at buying a property that has been used as an HMO and divided into 12 bedsits. Is there any restrictions on what we, as the new owners, do with the property, in terms of remodelling inside and using as a family home?

Asked on Jan 25 2011, General in London | Report content

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  • You would need to consult with your local council and check their planning consents.

    Answered on Jan 26 2011, Report content
  • Yes there is stringent regulation in the market now which your local authority will be able to confirm with you. Please be aware they now have to be licensed and the license if specific to the landlord not the property. You will need to apply via the local authority. Regarding change of use back to a single residence I can't see too many complications unless the authority use it themselves

    Answered on Feb 4 2011, Report content
  • If you are turning an HMO back into a family home, which may be a bargain, then you don't need a licence for that, but you will need PP. This is rarely done because HMOs tend to be big houses in very run-down areas, not very suitable for rasiing families.

    Answered on Feb 12 2011, Report content

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