I own a property in a conservation area in Hove currently consisting of 15 units. It is a licensed HMO.

The maintenance costs are horrendous and as I am making very little profit, I want to sell up. I would like to convert it into 8 self contained flats and sell them one by one. This would not invlove any change to the exterior of the building, just alterations to the internal layout.

Is the council likely to block this change of use from C4 to C3 as they seem keen to keep a lot of affordable housing in the area.

Thanks for any advice.

Philip