Conversion of flat for multi occupancy?

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    Conversion of flat for multi occupancy?

    Anyone had this experience? One flat in a block of 6 has been refurbished by its non-resident owner..... and when I say refurbished he has stripped and replaced all the plasterboard three times in the past 12 months and created hell for the other residents during COVID lockdown. His latest refurbishment seems to involve sub dividing all the bedrooms for multi occupancy, maybe hoping to sub let bed space to numerous individuals. All of this seems to be in breach of the lease re flat layout, single family use etc. We've had a formal inspection via our management agent.... and for the purpose of the inspection we suspect that the flat owner actually removed some new walls, only to put them back after the inspection! How should we proceed without incurring massive non-recoverable legal costs? (Our lease allows for legal cost recovery, but I think it depends on a court awarding them).

    If it’s a HMO then let the council know


      If the management company on inspection found nothing altered then there isn't much more you can do.


        It's in a purpose built block with the freehold held by the management company.
        The owner of the flat in question has never lived there, but has bought or been given the flat from/ by his parents.


          It doesn't matter who owns the flat or what they reside, if they have permission by the freeholder to rent it out they are allowed to, this information would not be given to you or other leaseholders as the agreement would be between the flat owner and the freeholder. If they have broken the terms of the lease (by changing the layout - which according to you they have, but the inspection proved otherwise) there is not much more the freeholder/management co can do.

          If their is evidence that it is used for multiple T's then your best recourse is to direct it to the local council's enforcement department.


            The further alterations are visible through the ground floor windows so the previous internal inspection is now irrelevant. So my real question is about legal action for changing the flat layout and being certain of recovering costs. Does anyone here have direct experience of dealing with flat layout changes and taking legal action?


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