An application for a certificate that would allow an annexe to a house in Manor Way, Uckfield, to be used as a separate home has been refused by Wealden Council.
The application for a lawful use certificate was made by Glenn and Deborah Dadswell of Five Ash Down who bought 52 Manor Way as a buy-to-let investment in June last year.
They said the annexe had a kitchenette, living room, bathroom and bedroom and that they had a letter from the previous owner saying it was used as a separate dwelling and that there were separate tax bills for the annexe and house.
Wealden Council concluded there was a “distinct absence of evidence of an actual self-contained use since 1993″.
The council went on: “It is not clear from submissions how the self-contained use was operated particularly given the relationship of the property to the host dwelling as well as its occupation by immediate members of the family.
“The evidence in this respect is not regarded as sufficiently precise to demonstrate a breach has taken place for the purposes of obtaining a certificate of lawfulness.”