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  • HMO & Multi-Lets

    Window opening Into conservatory ok

    Dear all

    Is it acceptable, from a HMO Licensing and Building Regs perspective, to have a room where its window (in this case French doors) opens into a conservatory, rather than directly to the outside? As per "Bedroom 2" in the image below. Any feedback appreciated.

    Thanks

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    Hi,

    It is always difficult to give specific advice in a public forum without having discussed the case and knowing full details about the proposed use and occupancy of the property and where it is located.

    Some of the problems you are likely to encounter include ensuring that bedroom 2 has adequate natural lighting and means of ventilation to the external air, issues around privacy and sound transmission for the occupant  in that room if the other residents have access into the conservatory which may be separated by full height glazed doors and the proposed use, if any, for the conservatory.

    Regards

    Richard

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    Richard Tacagni MCIEH CEnvH

    Managing Director

    London Property Licensing

    Email: Richard@londonpropertylicensing.co.uk

    www.londonpropertylicensing.co.uk

    This information is intended as general advice and guidance. It is not legal advice and should not be taken or relied upon as such. No liability can be accepted for any reliance on the information published in this response. You may wish to obtain independent legal advice.

    If bedroom 2 is going to be used as a bedroom and is the only room the tenant is going to have access to (with the exception of the kitchen), then most Local Authorities will look to restrict the use of this room. The issues here, as Richard has said, are the lack of access to natural light and ventilation. The Council will look to assess these issues under the Housing Health & Safety Rating System (HHSRS) as Excess Heat and Lighting hazards.

    From experience I know that I have restricted rooms like this based on the factors outlined above.

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    Kevin Crocker Bsc (Hons), MCIEH, DipDEA

    Director

    White Horse Property Consultants Ltd

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