The owner of a HMO in Watford has applied for permission to fit even more tenants in it.

The three-storey property at 151 Queens Road currently holds a housing-in-multiple-occupation (HMO) licence for six people, but the landlord has submitted plans to house up to nine.

It currently features six bedrooms across four floors, including two in the basement level and one in the roof, but the proposals would not change the building’s layout.

In the application validated by Watford Borough Council today, May 9, the owner said that they should be allowed to fit nine people in the house as three of the bedrooms were “comfortably large enough” to fit two tenants each.

According to the borough council guidance, one-person and two-person residential units should have eight and 13 metres squared of minimum floor space.

The plans are currently "pending consideration" and if approved, the nine people would share two kitchens, while all of the bedrooms have their own private ensuite bathrooms.

The applicant said that the changes would not mean any “family accommodation” would be lost as it had been a HMO for “several years”.