Advisory Overcrowded Notice

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We have a bedsit that is only designed for a single person or a couple at the very most, for the last 10 years this has worked well. The bedsit has a large room for liviing and sleeping with a separated shower/toilet area and a small kitchen. In August 2014 we rented this out to a single lady and on interim inspections it has appeared that she is the only person living there. However we have received an 'Advisory Overcrowding Notice' from the City Council.

We have spoken to the Council about this and it appears that the tenant reported herself as being overcrowded as she has moved her partner in and their 6 year old son and she feels the council should re-house her in a 2 bedroom property. She has moved her partner and son in without our knowledge or permission. The Council have said that she told them that they are now responsible to re-house her, they advised her that she is wrong to assume this and that they would not re-house her.

On speaking to the council they have asked us not to evict the tenant as they 'literally have no where to house them' (Councils words not ours). So my questions are;

1) Are they allowed to issue an 'advisory' overcrowding notice when it is a couple and their child who is under the age of 10?

2) How can they issue an overcrowded notice and then ask us not to do anything about it? Why issue the notice if they don't want anything to be done about it?

3) Can we appeal to have this notice taken off record on the above grounds as we don't want this notice against our, so far, unblemished record as a landlord?

Thanks in advance for any advice :)
06/06/2015 09:34

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