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  • HMO & Multi-Lets

    b1 office to c3 conversion

    Hi a quick question:

    I have just purchased an old office block which I have submit plans under prior approval to move from b1 (office) use class to c3 (residential)

    As it is not in an article 4 area I will then move from c3 (resi) to c4(hmo).

    I just spoke with the council and they mentioned that once it is c3 it cannot be moved to c4 unless it is occupied as a c3 first. That makes sense. As the permitted development is b1 to c3.

    My question is how long does it need to be a c3 for? Could I move my tenants into it for 1 week or 1 month thus establishing use as a c3 and then convert to c4? There is no clear guidelines on this so any opinons would be grateful.

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    Hi, i had a similar situation and the council informed me that time was not material, you simply need to prove that c3 use has existed before moving to c4.

    I would be minded to do that via letting with a tenancy agreement  or alternatively  i might choose to live there for a month or so myself and get all supporting docutmentation, bills etc.

    The key word to note is prove!

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    yeah thats preety much what a solicitor just said....lol...create a tenancy and then say they did a runner a month later....

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    I would suggest that what ever route you take that you ensure that you have genuine documentation to back things up, so actually rent it to real people or actually live in it yourself for a few weeks etc.  These documents may be the basis of a substantial investment - better to have foundations made of concrete rather than quick sand !.  Anyhow you now have the answer you were looking for. so i shall wish you all the best.

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