Limited HMO properties in Belfast, what are my options?

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    Limited HMO properties in Belfast, what are my options?

    Hello all, myself and 2 friends all in our mid twenties with only myself being a student in university are looking to get renting a house in Belfast. We have been trying for 3-4 months now to get a property sorted.

    What we have been told recently by an estate agent is that there is a shortage of 3 bed HMO housing at the moment in Belfast due to a desaturation of HMO housing in the Stranmillis area which has taken away nearly a third of HMO properties.

    This means there have been complete scrambles for any 3 bed properties that come up. We've been trying for months to get something sorted. We're being closer and closer to being stuck in student-y areas which is actually what we don't want. And finding a suitable house with low crime rates is also proving hard as I would like to keep my car as safe as possible.

    Whats quickly becoming our only real option it seem now is to look into if there's a way we could rent a more residential non-hmo property between us three. Is there any way around the HMO regulations for 3 people in Northern Ireland? We're at the point where two of us have considered getting married on paper just so we can get a nice house.

    #2
    I'd imagine that 3 bedroom accommodation is almost impossible to find in NI as it is in England and Wales.

    If you own a three bedroom house you have the choice between letting to a family with a couple of older children or paying a licence fee (compulsory in NI), maintain the property to a higher standard and deal with more challenging tenants.

    I know which I'd do.

    Why would a married couple and a mate need a third bedroom?
    When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
    Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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      #3
      Yes, maybe s 2 bed flat could be made to work

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        #4
        Originally posted by jpkeates View Post
        I'd imagine that 3 bedroom accommodation is almost impossible to find in NI as it is in England and Wales.
        There's actually a lot of 3 beds available at thebthe moment, but few are HMO. There is even one that fits perfectly to what I want, it has a garage, 3 beds, 2 receptions, quiet area we'll within the price range BUT non HMO. None of us want to live in anywhere student filled as we're well past the partying etc.

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          #5
          Originally posted by houseoftherisingsun View Post
          There's actually a lot of 3 beds available at thebthe moment, but few are HMO. There is even one that fits perfectly to what I want, it has a garage, 3 beds, 2 receptions, quiet area we'll within the price range BUT non HMO. None of us want to live in anywhere student filled as we're well past the partying etc.
          Apologies - I meant 3 bedroom for 3 sharers.

          If you're a landlord with a 3 bedroom house, you can pay hundreds/thousands to make it pass the HMO regulations, and it's hard to justify the additional cost in higher rent.
          HMOs do get more rent than a family, but licensing is mandatory, so they tend to attract professional / specialist landlords. And if you're going to specialise, why not 4 or 5 occupants or students...?
          When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
          Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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            #6
            Originally posted by jpkeates View Post
            And if you're going to specialise, why not 4 or 5 occupants or students...?
            We originally had 4 people but they were unreliable and we missed out on 2 HMO properties because of them. So we cut our numbers, also the HMO properties that are 4-5 bed tend to be in student based areas which none of us want as we're looking a quiet area. And as I drive an older car that's currently appreciating in value I want to keep it as safe as possible, there are no HMOs available with driveways/garages in the Belfast area which is why I'm stuck asking if it's possible to rent 3 people in a non HMO.


            I understand the whole process to make a HMO costs thousands and thousands, and gets far more tedious each year for the landlords. We're all in good, professional jobs (I'm a professional in the media industry and the others are in good standing). We're all on our mid twenties just looking to have a nice place to live but the lack of 3 bed HMOs in good areas is massively infuriating.

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              #7
              Unless two of you are a couple, anyone renting a non-licensed property to you would be taking a risk.
              When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
              Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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