As of the 1st October 2010, new regulations came into force which affects houses and flats let to groups of sharers (e.g. students, migrant workers, young professionals etc.).
The changes made were that planning permission is no longer required where a single house/flat occupied by a family is rented out as a small shared house/flat or bedsit for the first time after 6th April 2010, unless the local planning authority have issued an Article 4 Direction.
Over 30 authorities have made or are consulting on Article 4 Directions and with the proposed Welfare reform planning to reduce housing benefits to under 35s (leaving most other option than shared accommodation) the RLA continues to vigorously campaign against these changes.
These planning use laws affect not only landlords in the private sector but also owner/occupiers who let out rooms in their own homes. For more information see: