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Hi Henry, Linda

Just wondering if you either of you had any updates on the process and whether you were successful?  Would it be possible to give you a quick call (or even to have a look) to speak about the process in more detail?

I spoke to an architect and they told us we didn't need to use them and instead should just ask the freeholder for the structural plans to see if it was load bearing or not.  Subject to them existing anything else was just inflated costs or processes in their opinion.

General Discussion / Re: Looking to rent a parking space
« Last post by davypeps on July 01, 2019, 11:12:28 PM »
Maybe you already found one but if you are still looking Anita text me on 07834 207236.  Thanks
General Discussion / Re: Bike Theft 06 March
« Last post by SF on May 15, 2019, 11:44:22 AM »
It was.  It would probably would be useful to have the two crime numbers linked.  I do not have either of those.
General Discussion / Re: Bike Theft 06 March
« Last post by S on May 15, 2019, 10:26:01 AM »
We also had a bike stolen at this time. Have reported it to the police, but didn't hear anything. Was the CCTV footage sent to the police?
General Discussion / Re: Looking to rent a parking space
« Last post by Anita on May 13, 2019, 09:27:13 PM »
I am joining in for renting a car space. Please let me know if there's one available. Thank you.
General Discussion / Re: Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO's):- Bye Bye Friends
« Last post by SF on May 07, 2019, 05:12:28 PM »
I asked for some clarity from Southwark Council and was told the following:

The definition of an HMO is a property that is rented out by at least 3 people who are not from 1 ‘household’ (for example a family) but share facilities like the bathroom and kitchen.
This has always been the definition, however, when the requirement to licence HMOs came in with the Housing Act 2004, it was initially only concerned with licensing larger HMOs under the mandatory licensing scheme. This applied to houses where all of the following the following apply:
  • it is rented to 5 or more people who form more than 1 household
  • some or all tenants share toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities
  • at least 1 tenant pays rent (or their employer pays it for them)
The Act however, also made provisions for two other types of property licensing: additional and selective. Additional licensing covers all HMOs that are not covered by the mandatory scheme and selective licensing applies to any rented property in a designated selective licensing zone. Not every local authority runs additional or selective licensing schemes. In Southwark, we have had both selective and additional licensing schemes since January 1st 2016.

In answer to you question, yes a couple with a single sharer would require an additional HMO licence; and this has been the case since 1st January 2016.

The terms ‘Mandatory’, ‘Additional’ and ‘Selective’ are prescribed by the Housing Act 2004, and we are unable to change them.

Mm I've seen it. :-\
General Discussion / Re: Update to this web site
« Last post by SF on May 06, 2019, 10:10:00 AM »
I have left it as we have a new website that should be coming soon.  Hopefully within the next 4 to 6 weeks.
General Discussion / Announcemenrt
« Last post by christod33 on May 05, 2019, 10:39:18 PM »
This is to announce that as from today I am no longer responsible for the garden maintenance.
I have no idea what is going on. It appears that someone else is going to have a go.

Watch this space

Chris Todhunter
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