Inconsistent planning policies for student landlords are making some cities no-go zones for property investors.
The problems arise from ‘article 4 directions’ for small shared rental properties – where three to five tenants share a house. Continue reading Student landlords face planning postcode lottery
As councils across the country ramp up their campaign against student landlords and houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), the Residential Landlords Association and leading property solicitors claim tougher planning rules may not prove to be the answer to controlling shared homes.
The issue is a technical problem that may not be settled until a council rejects a planning application for a small HMO and the landlord takes the matter to appeal in front of a planning inspector. Continue reading HMO landlords wait for article 4 test case
Article 4 Directions for managing HMOs will only work if they are accompanied by good planning policies – a Southampton perspective
By Guest Columnist Cllr Jeremy Moulton, Conservative Councillor for Freemantle Ward
On 23rd March Southampton City Council will join a number of other councils who have implemented new planning rules, called an Article 4 Direction, which governs houses in multiple occupational (HMOs). This will mean that landlords looking to convert an existing family home to an HMO will require planning permission. Currently only HMOs with more than 6 tenants need planning permission but the new rules will also apply to ones with 3 to 6 unrelated people. Continue reading Article 4 Directions – a Southampton Perspective
Local councils have lost their fight in the courts to overturn the government’s house in multiple occupation planning laws.
After a bitter and long-running dispute, the Court of Appeal has rejected their challenge and ruled housing minister Grant Shapps made a considered and fair decision to reverse planning laws rushed in by the outgoing Labour Government in April 2010. Continue reading Appeal Court Rejects HMO Legal Challenge
Planners are cracking down on landlords who have added extensions to 24 homes in just three streets without permission.
Manchester City Council says 14 of the illegal extensions were built on properties owned by two landlords. Continue reading Eyesore Extensions Must Go, Planners Tell Landlords
"HMOs could be restricted in Portsmouth"
Councils are imposing arcane planning rules in an attempt to stop student landlords opening new shared houses.
Landlords in Portsmouth face a seemingly impossible rule – they cannot switch a family home to a shared house if the number of shared houses in any area is already 10% or more of the number of homes.
One student redevelopment has already been rejected because of the rule as the seven-person house would have meant 30% of houses on the street would be HMOs (Houses in multiple occupation).
The HMO planning strategy is part of a citywide development blueprint before the Communities and Local Government Department for approval. Although the CLG has yet to comment on the rule, the council can impose the guideline until it is approved or rejected. Continue reading HMO Planning Rules Confuse Student Landlords
A High court judge has thrown out a challenge to the government’s decision to review house in multiple occupation planning rules.
Four councils led by Milton Keynes argued at the High Court, London, that housing minister Grant Shapps’ decision to overturn planning rules for house in multiple occupation (HMOs) did not give planners enough time to consult with the Communities and Local Government Department about the changes. Continue reading Judge throws out HMO challenge from councils
Housing minister Grant Shapps has scrapped complicated blanket planning rules for houses in multiple occupation (HMO).
He has announced new regulations aimed at cutting 8,500 HMO applications from the planning system every year by removing the need for every new HMO to apply for planning consent. Continue reading Minister scraps HMO planning rules.