We have a property that currently has 5 sharers (students). We also have a contact starting September for 5 sharers.
This now becomes a Mandatory licensable HMO in October. However it will not meet the ammenity schedule due to the lack of a second toilet. The only way to add a toilet would be in one of the rooms therefore making on 4 available rooms. 4 sharers does not need a licence but does need meet all the other ammenties.
I now have the following options
- Apply for a licence and hope there is some leeway with regards to the 2nd toilet. or face the fines for not complying.
- Cancel the upcoming contract and deal with the consequnces or breaching the contract
- Not apply for a licence, take the 5 and hope the council is too busy for a year and then take 4 sharers.
It seems I either break contract law or housing law!
Any advice or suggestions welcome
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