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.