Convert 257 hmo to 1 dwelling temporarily for council tax

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    Convert 257 hmo to 1 dwelling temporarily for council tax

    The flats are going to be empty for 6 months or so while i get work done, is there an easy way to get them reclassified with the VOA as 1 property to save on paying 3 council tax
    bills during that period?

    i.e. remove toilets, taps etc?

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  • PAT testing cert
    rugbyroom
    Dear Forum,

    I have a registered HMO and new council official wanting to see numerous cert etc which I have, however I have my own PAT tester (callibrated) and get someone to do the tests for me who simply attended a 1 day course through their work.

    They cant give certificates...
    18-10-2018, 12:03 PM
  • Reply to PAT testing cert
    rugbyroom
    The test consist of plugging each appliances into a hand held tester to confirm wires etc are fitted correctly. A visual inspection and then a sticker stuck on the plug to confirm its safe. Council wants certificates to confirm this has been done, but I'm reading that a competent person can do this...
    19-10-2018, 10:20 AM
  • Reply to PAT testing cert
    DPT57
    I think that doing nothing may be better than letting an unregistered electrician "tinker" with the appliances but I guess it may depends on whether PAT testing is a licence requirement
    18-10-2018, 19:39 PM
  • Fire door, door stop requirement
    fredfox
    Hi, I'm struggling to find the legal requirement for door stops in a licensed HMO for 5 people, single tenancy agreement. We are installing FD30 doors on the bedrooms with closers and fire & smoke intumescent strips. I've approached the local council for guidance, but they are yet to come back...
    17-10-2018, 08:34 AM
  • Reply to Fire door, door stop requirement
    fredfox
    Thanks red40 for taking the time to respond, it was a very interesting and informative read. I share your frustration. I'll do as you have requested and look for the standards document upon which the door was certified. I did find several references to installing as per the manufacturer’s specification....
    18-10-2018, 09:47 AM
  • Reply to Fire door, door stop requirement
    jpkeates
    In theory, you can do it yourself.

    In practice, use a local consultant - it’s a bread and butter job, they’ll know the local council and once it’s done, you’ll know exactly what you have to do, and will have the consultant as back up if the council are difficult....
    17-10-2018, 15:25 PM
  • Reply to Fire door, door stop requirement
    red40
    Yet more appalling advice from a local authority, what they are effectively doing is specifying remedial work to an important component of the protected means of escape without any knowledge of the burn time, no evidence of suitable and adequate testing to meet the 30 minute requirement and more importantly...
    17-10-2018, 11:54 AM
  • Reply to Fire door, door stop requirement
    leaseholder64
    The government de-nationalised this service over a decade ago. The fire service no longer provide this service, only enforcement.
    17-10-2018, 11:13 AM
  • Reply to Fire door, door stop requirement
    fredfox
    OK thanks. Inspection it is then, do you use the fire service or a consultant?...
    17-10-2018, 10:37 AM
  • Reply to Fire door, door stop requirement
    jpkeates
    You have to complete a fire risk assessment.

    That assessment will give you the guidance you need. The council’s approach will be different, they’ll simply tell you you’re not compliant with their standards and threaten to fine you until you are.
    17-10-2018, 10:14 AM
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