Hull City Council have been engaging with local landlords for the better part of two years discussing the role that Article 4 Directions (A4D) could have in parts of the city.
Local landlords are against proposals requiring planning permission to convert traditional family homes into homes in multiple occupancy (HMOs, but sometimes and in this instance referred to as HiMOs) arguing that such regulation will result in less choice and potentially deter students from populating the area…an argument that sits on both sides of the debate.
Supporters of the proposals argue that the regulation will safeguard the local identity, those against it argue that it discriminates against young people and students as it prices them out of the housing market.
Another issue that local landlords have with the council is the apparent lack of consultation that Hull has taken with the public. Landlords say that Hull Council are not considering the full economic effects on private owners with examples of A4D being evident in other nearby local councils.
You can view the press release that Hull City Council has on their website, providing information on the area in question and the time frame for implementation.
Article 4 Directions are to come into force, assuming council confirmation on the 9th of October 2013.