Purchasing a flat or house
You may be considering, as an alternative to renting, the purchase of a house or flat. It is important to realise that if you buy a flat or house and arrange for others to live in the flat with you, you may be creating a "house in multiple occupation".
Such a flat or house would require to be registered, by you, with the Local Authority and it is also likely that you will require Planning Permission to operate such a flat or house in multiple occupation.
Furthermore the accommodation will either require to be licensed now or in the near future and the timing of this will depend on the number of residents.
It is recommended that before you purchase a flat or house that you discuss your proposal with your Local Authority Officers.
Registration/Licensing Planning Permission