Change of use regs- hotel into bedsits

March 26, 2012 by Rose in forum Planning Forum

#185 Rose, 26 March 2012, 09:53

I have spotted a keenly priced bedsit in central London. On discussion with the agent I found out that the whole building has been converted from a hotel with planning permission / change of use. The bedsits are now up for sale and being snapped up as they are cheaper than the going rate for the area. Can anyone advise me on the legal position for this? Would you get retrospective permission / could you get fined as the bedsit owner? (I do realise a traditional morgage wouldn't be possible here). Seems too good to be true.....

#186 Rose, 26 March 2012, 09:55

Sorry - just noticed my typo in the above post. The entire building has been converted WITHOUT any planning permission or change of use regs.

#188 London Planning Enforcement, 27 March 2012, 18:03


If they do not have planning permission and the council serves a notice to revert the place back to a hotel, then as an owner you would be liable as part of any required compliance, complicated as it may be with several owners.

If the change of use occured more than 4 years ago and this could be proven then the change of use would be immune from enforcement action.

with regards to retrospective permission, depends very much on local plan policy whether such a change is acceptable.

#191 RK, 2 April 2012, 15:05

Can help if you send me an e-mail and in which borough it is.


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