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I acquired a property which was already under an HMO license. However in order to move to my name the property needed a survey/inspection as expected.
The council went to town! Most of the things they pointed out I can sort relatively quickly but one is a problem...
The cooker in the kitchen was deemed too close to the door (to bathroom) and doesn't have 300mm of worktop to the right.
Is there anything can do other than agree to the works? it will cost a fortune (essentially re-designing the whole kitchen, moving boiler... etc).
Anyone had similar issues?
Is it possible/easier to move the bathroom door?
I like your thinking.
Unfortunately not possible as door is already in the corner.
I should attach a pic but as i'm in my probation period on here i'm restricted.
Maybe this link will work:
There might be enough space to move the cooker and extractor fan left (cut away the cupboard), and add surface to teh right (with a curved edge to avoid people getting a sharp edge in the hip). In the cupboard is the boiler.
cut down base unit and worktop to left.
i think that's best.
Just concerned the council argue that most of the surface is unusable (due to the the panel covering the pipes into the boiler taking up most of the depth).
you could remove the casing to free up wt
Good idea! I'll run the idea past the council. Want them to agree prior to any works.
This is what was said in the report:
The cooker is poorly located adjacent to the access to the bathroom with no work top to
the right side ( adjacent to the bathroom access) and only limited 200mm worktop to the
left hand side. This is space is also restricted by the cupboard enclosing the gas central
Hazard(s) that deficiencies (above) contribute to
- Flames and Hot Surfaces
Can the sink be turned round so the drainer is on the right and hence available to put pans down on when removed from the cooker ?
DISCLAIMER just my personal opinion - for legal advice consult a qualified professional grown-up.
good idea. I'll look into all these suggestions, hopefully the council are reasonable!
If the council start to cut up rough and don't find the above acceptable solutions to improve the situation I would consider pushing back on them in the following ways...
a) if it was good enough for them to license previously why isn't it good enough now ? - standards haven't changed.
b) is it a hazard - or just a potential improvement that would be nice. i.e. ask them to produce an HHSRS assessment on the situation to quantify the level of hazard
(we're not here to do things that a housing officer would 'like' or are nice to have - we have enough on our plates.....)The risk is partly from having no space to put pans down when removed from cooker - and part from people knocking pans as they go to bathroom.
a vertical metal/toughened glass barrier on the right side of the cooker (bit of splashback or similar) would eliminate this second factor. - wouldn't need to be full height, although full height might be easier to fit.
If there is enough space the easiest move would be to swap the cooker and fridge over. I can't see if the cooker is gas or electric. If gas it might be easier to put in an electric one if u swap.