I recently moved a long distance and I am currently living in a one bedroom detached house in a rural location. I am renting from a landlord who created this building in two stages - firstly, he added an upper floor to his garage over 13 years ago and had planning permission for this granted on the grounds that it is a games room.
Last year, he converted the downstairs garage into a bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. I moved into the property (alone) about six weeks ago.
My landlord lives in the main house directly next to this and we share an address. My property does not have its own driveway or access, which we agreed prior to the tenancy that was okay (he is providing sufficient parking space on a private road outside for my use).
Last week an officer from the local district council visited the house and I permitted the landlord to show her round my house while I was out at work.
Today, my landlord has given me a copy of a letter from the local district council, which states that the "change of use" of the property from a garage into a "self-contained unit of accommodation" requires planning permission, which he did not get prior to converting the lower floor.
The planning permission for the upper floor explicitly states that it can only be occupied by "persons who are relatives and dependents of the occupants of the principal dwelling house" - so not me then. The letter suggests that he either ceases using my property as a separate residential unit, or that he applies for planning permission, which the officers believe is "unlikely" to be granted.
Where can I possibly go from here? An agent was involved in setting up the tenancy - do I have a legitimate claim against them for arranging an invalid tenancy?
Please help - I'm a long way from family and in an unfamiliar area.