HMO license for a flat
I own a 3bedroom flat whicn gets caught under the HMO licensing provisions. It was initially bought as a primary residence but is now rented out and was switched to a buy to let mortgage. However we never got “approval” from the freehold owner. We have an issue where the council has granted a HMO license but the management company acting on behalf of the freehold owner is objecting to the HMO license on the basis that
- the lease has been contravened because we didn’t seek prior approval to “sub-let”; and
- The lease states that “the property can only be let in its entirety and not in part’”. Apparently this includes renting it out ! How could this be when practically all the flats in the development are being rented out as most are buy to let investors ? Would everyone be contravening their lease then ?
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