Landlord responsibilities include an obligation to maintain a good quality of accommodation, according to Wandsworth planning officials.

Authorities in the London borough took action on July 14th against a residence recently converted from one house into two flats.

They explain that landlord responsibilities include the need to maintain dwellings above a certain floor area size when converting properties into multiple residences.

In this case, the floor space of less than 120 sq m meant that the conversion would not be considered by officials.

"The units created from the sub-division are simply too cramped,"comments planning applications chair Leslie McDonnell.

"We have a reasonability to ensure the borough's housing does not deteriorate through ill-conceived conversions."

Meanwhile, Wandsworth residents are given the chance to view all planning applications in person by visiting the Town Hall building on the borough's High Street.

However, due to technical issues the Wandsworth council website is currently unable to provide application details online.

Written by Claire DoyleADNFCR-2002-ID-19275352-ADNFCR

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