How to advertise to exclude 3 or more tenants
I have a 3 bedroom flat and it is in Camden which has implemented the selective license scheme for any instance where there are three of more tenants from two or more households.
I really don't want to get into the HMO licensing regime at all. Not because there is anything wrong with the flat, it is in very good condition and is at the upper end of the market, but I expect there would be issues with my mortgage lender who wont understand the difference between mandatory HMO's and Camden's additional license requirements. Also I am a bit nervous about what the Council might ask for. Eg I have heard that they want separate locks on each of the bedroom doors. This flat is our home (we are overseas for a while) and putting locks on the doors is not the sort of place we want to own.
Also having to have tenants in the flat before you apply sounds risky to me. What happens if the Council asks for some drastic changes. You cant back out of the process because the tenants are already in there so you would be forced to make whatever changes they ask for.
So if I am advertising the property it sounds like I have to include in the advert that only famnilies can apply (two individuals could apply but I expect they would want a two bedroom in that case and what happens if one gets a partner).
When I look at the adverts online for flats in Camden I don't see any mentioning anything about HMO restrictions (either already registered or ignoring it). My advert is going to look unusual I expect if I say families only. Anyone else come across this problem ?
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