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I'm refurbing at the moment & as I have one very large bedroom (width of large victorian terrace) & I was thinking of marketing it as a couples room as I dont want to split it & ruin the period features. This would allow 6 people in 5 bedrooms & Im happy to put in extra cooking facilities etc. But I'm a bit hesitant as I don't have couples in my other 2 HMOs. A couple of questions
Thanks for your help
Does your HMO license allow you to house 6 people or is it restricted to 5?
Some are lovely but often their arguments upset other tenants, as do the kitchen arrangements. Couples have a tendency to treat the place as just their home and make the other tenants feel uncomfortable in what is also their home.
We have had couples but you have to be very careful in your choice, as it could lead to losing your other tenants.
I havent applied for a licence yet so I have a bit of flexibility at this stage. Im thinking it may be more trouble than its worth (financially & keeping the rest happy) reading some of the previous threads
Previous discussions on this topic:Renting to Couples in HMO & Multi LetsThe issue of couples in HMOs
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Those threads are really useful thank you Vanessa - I did search before posting but obviously not doing it right!
Glad you found them helpful. My view is similar to Sandra's in that couples can tend to "dominate" a household, so keep the dynamics harmonious by only renting to singles is my advice.
As a former inhabitant of HMOs, I can confirm that couples can be very difficult to live with for the reasons mentioned. I left one place that I was living in for that exact reason and vowed never to live with couples ever again.
I think you would have a more harmonious environment for all if you sought out single tenants, but maybe charge a slight premium for that room if it’s that much larger?
In my HMO I have had couples and singles for years with never any problems. Mind you they all have their own kitchenettes and two just share a bathroom so it depends upon the make up of your property. They all pay their elec and gas used as I have separate meters for each unit and work out the charges from the main meters when the bills come in. Charging fixed amounts for utilities I find always leads to problems as some as I was away on holiday fro two weeks so why am I paying for non usage. Also you might be over charging them or even under charging. Remember you must demonstrate to your tement that the method used to apportion costs is reasonable if asked.