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HMOs may need planning consent after council acts

A public consultation is underway to get feedback on changes to rules which would prevent landlords and property developers turning some residential homes into HMOs without full planning permission.

Coventry council has set up the process to get public views on its desire to secure Article 4 Direction, therefore requiring full planning consent before a house becomes an HMO.

It would place restrictions on residential property conversions in 11 of out 18 wards in the city.


The council claims that this legislation “prevents any unnecessary and avoidable displacement of families searching for properties and provides opportunities those looking to get onto the property ladder by limiting the number of HMOs in certain wards, and ensuring that they are not located so closely together.”

The consultation runs until November 15 and people can have their say online or at a series of meetings.

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    So HMO’s licensing was forced in on Private landlords against their wishes, big fines for not getting one and Rent Repayment Orders.
    Now using Article 4, to prevent you getting a License.

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    Where are all the single people going to live?


    Exactly Tricia, nail on head there, I'm not an HMO landlord, single people on a low wage will never pass the 'affordability' checks to live in my self contained properties, the only way for them to stand anyway chance of renting a roof over their heads is an HMO, less HMOs available = a massive rise in homelessness


    They would live in the 7 wards not effected by the Article 4 directive.
    Quite a few modern houses lend themselves to HMO use (as long as the bedrooms are big enough). It basically means HMO letting becomes more compartmentalized. Students in student areas, professionals in the suburbs that don't have planning restrictions, less than desirable tenants with landlords who specialise in that market, etc.

    The downside with Article 4 is it can make it incredibly hard to sell family homes in those areas as it is indicating there is a problem in the area that has required intervention.


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