Last year the RLA reported potential changes to planning in Leicester for land owners. Article 4 direction requires landowners to seek permission when making changes to a single ‘dwellinghouse’ into a HMO. The changes come into force in August.
Last year the RLA provided a consultation response against proposals for the introduction of Article 4 Directions, Leicester City Council has decided to proceed with proposals. The measures come into force on 20th August 2014.
For more detailed information and contact details visit Leicester City council’s webpage regarding Article 4 Direction. Information includes areas covered by the scheme.
The RLA is against licensing in general and feels that local councils already have more than enough legislative power at their disposal to ensure privately rented accommodation is ‘fit for purpose’.
HMOs provide flexible, affordable options for mobile populations of young workers for example. The traditional argument against ‘studentification’ has been proved to be unfounded. Areas where students are concentrated push are more likely to have landlords who are more willing to make considerable improvements and commit large amounts of capital. This improves and upgrades the quality of the area in question. Licensing fees may chip into these investments.
Very basically, planning permission is required when changing a standard, single dwelling – for a family for example – known as a C3 dwelling, into an HMO or C4 dwelling.
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