96a and 97 St. Mary Street, Southampton (18/00552/ELDC)

The client had purchased a couple of properties as part of a buy to let investment strategy and subsequently let them to students, 5 in each property.  At this time Class C3 for the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order allowed up to 6 persons living as a single household to co-habit without any further need for planning permission.  This all changed with the Government’s introduction of Class C4 (small house in multiple occupation (HMO) in 2010, with the City Council later removing permitted development rights to move freely between C3 and C4 by and Article 4 Direction which came into force 23.3.2012.

To protect their investment ACHIEVE was commissioned to apply for a Certificate of Lawfulness of each property as a C4 HMO.

Advice was given on how to instruct their solicitor to draw up the wording of statutory declarations to support the application.

When an error was spotted on the favourable decision certificate, ACHIEVE went back to the council to ask them to correct the certificate wording and reissue it.

The client was satisfied with ACHIEVE’s service and help and later recommended using ACHIEVE to a neighbour.

Testimonial from the client:

“We have been very impressed by your knowledge and ability to navigate through the maze of the planning system. It is far beyond our capability and so the (very reasonable) fee for your expertise was a wise investment. We are so pleased we made the decision to employ your services and recommend you to everyone we speak to about planning. Thank you for your excellent communication and tenacity in dealing with our applications in record time. We are absolutely delighted.”