Hey, I wonder if anyone has any advice.
I live in a HMO (not sure if it’s registered) in London. Me and my partner live in a studio apartment that has recently been converted into a bedsit (it has a Kitchenette, with electric stove and sink, a double bed that folds down out of what looks like a triple wardrobe and two chairs instead of a sofa). The landlord also added a second bedrooom on the second floor which is taken by another tenant. We pay cash for the rent and our deposit was never put into DPS.
My landlord has obviously been reported as today we had an inspector from health and safety inspectors. I’m pretty sure there is no planning for the loft and I’m pretty sure it’s not a registered HMO as I’ve checked on the councils website and there is nothing there.
My girlfriend and I were told we had to be out of the property whilst the inspection was on, this raised my suspicions….so I left my laptop filming whilst I was out.
The video showed the landlord explaining that the second floor bedroom and our bedroom/”living room” (as the bed was hidden in the wardrobe) all belonged to just my girlfriend and there are no other tenants on the second and 3rd floor (so apparently I don’t exist and neither does the girl downstairs). The inspector didn’t even suspect there was a bed in the room. The inspector also looked at the kitchen (with pots and pans on view and all of our food there) and said “You don’t allow cooking do you?” To which the landlord said “No” (it’s clearly a kitchen and we cook every night) and then the inspector said “good”! The landlord clearly states that only one person has the bedroom, the living room and the bathroom (also on the 3rd floor). So they completely lied, I know that the landlord works for the council, so they know how to manipulate the system, which is highly corrupt if you ask me. Plus there is no fire doors, exits, because it all looks like a living room but the landlord is charging over £1000 a month for it.
Any advice? What should I do? I don’t wanna get on the wrong side of the landlord but I don’t wanna be taken for a ride and I don’t want our safety compromised. The council worker seemed completely oblivious and easily swayed as the landlord has the gift of the gab. Help!