The Landlord Advice Team (LAT) has published two new guides to help landlords understand rights and responsibilities with legally technical and sometimes difficult subjects. ‘Accelerated Possession’ and ‘Planning use for private rented residential accommodation’ are the two most recent editions to the RLA Guide library.
The first guide, ‘Accelerated Possession’ is brief guidance on transferring possession claims up to the high court enforcements officers. The LAT regularly deals with calls relating to this so it’s a popular topic. Please bookmark the link as it has the application form and Ministry of Justice (MOJ) guidance as downloadable attachments that landlords can refer to when going through the process.
The second is a weightier guide on the need to get permission for change of use of residential properties in Wales and England. This covers the different types of classification in England and Wales and gives some guidance on when you need to apply for change of use in planning permission.
Some brief points:
- If a property is being converted into more than one unit it automatically needs planning permission
- For changing use from family to HMO or increasing people in property, planning permission may not be required when switching between use classes
- There are different classifications in Wales and England. England has C3 (family or single occupiers), HMOs (3-6 unrelated people), and large HMOs (7+ residents)
Planning can be a complicated process as it’s often dictated by local policies. It can be beyond resources at the RLA to establish what constitutes material change of use and therefore the RLA may unable to provide certainty in all circumstances. The documents will help provide best practice suggestions, depending on the type of property and the nature of changes.