DC Casebook: Housing: conversion - Multiple occupancy blocked as part of mix

An enforcement notice directed against a house in multiple occupancy (HMO) in Lancashire has been substantially upheld after an inspector concluded that it fails to respect the character of its surroundings.

The premises comprised three self-contained ground-floor rooms used as offices and living accommodation above comprising a kitchen, lounge, laundry and seven self-contained bedrooms. The appellant claimed that the property was occupied by six residents living as a single household and no material change of use had occurred.

The inspector noted that most of the bedrooms could accommodate two people, all had their own locks and the premises had a HMO licence for 16 residents. On this basis, she concluded that the property was no longer in use as a dwellinghouse. Permission for its conversion to flats did not justify its use as a HMO because activity and noise undermined residents' amenity, she held.

DCS Number 100-069-587

Inspector Jean Russell; Written representations.

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