Loft conversion & HMO?

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    Loft conversion & HMO?

    I have a house in Bristol and considering professionally converting the loft. If I do so then I'll have 3 story house with 5 bedrooms. This would make it a HMO but do I need to consider things other than mains wired fire alarms and fire doors?

    Also is it possible for me to still act as a live in landlord and rent only 4 rooms and still achieve the £7k allowance?

    Many thanks

    #2
    HMO is to do with who lives there, not its layout.

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      #3
      I think you will need fire doors even as a single family home.

      In terms of mandatory HMO licensing, the three story criterion is being removed, so, if it is otherwise licensable, the extra storey will make no difference.

      However the need for safety precautions is not limited to licensable HMOs.

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        #4
        Seems OP is mainly interested in the 7K allowance.

        OP do you actually live there as you main home or are you planning to pretend to live there (a bad mistake)?

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          #5
          Originally posted by AndrewDod View Post
          Seems OP is mainly interested in the 7K allowance.

          OP do you actually live there as you main home or are you planning to pretend to live there (a bad mistake)?
          Basically it is my primary residence and have a room there but I travel on my boat most of the time. I.e. not around much. Sometimes that means I'm around for a few weeks and then away again for months. That's sailing for you. Its really slow haha!

          I was under the impression that I didn't have to be there specifically for a min amount of time?

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            #6
            If this ever gets to court (eg illegal eviction case when you claimed you evicted "lodger" by changing locks, tenant claimed it was AST so unlawful and/or deposit protection penalty claim...) the judge will decide where your principal home is: From what you've stated it sounds easy to argue it is the boat - but a case could be made for the property also. (**)

            You, me, lodger/tenant. anyone else don't know what the decision will be.

            It might be wiser to give everyone ASTs and get paperwork perfect... and protect your interests that way.

            ** Just because a homeless person uses mum's address for correspondence, benefit letters, the occasional bath doesn;t mean that is their permanent home: Ask mum!
            I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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