Landlords in Redbridge are being encouraged to respond to a consultation that is being run by the Council on proposals to introduce an Article 4 direction for HMOs.
Currently landlords in Redbridge can convert a family home into a small HMO with up to six occupants WITHOUT planning permission. If a HMO will have seven or more occupants are required to get planning permission for change of use.
What the Council is proposing to change
The Council is proposing to change this, and introduce a proposed HMO Article 4 Direction that would apply to all houses in the borough. Essentially, this would REMOVE the current permitted development rights, meaning all new HMOs would require planning consent.
The proposal is for a non-immediate HMO Article 4 Direction that would come into force on 6 December 2019. From that date, all new HMOs would require planning permission, although it would have no impact on existing HMOs.
Redbridge Council is consulting on these plans, and is inviting landlords to have their say. The consultation closes on 31st January 2019. Landlords can read more about the proposals and respond to the consultation on the Council’s website here.
Learn more about Article 4
You can read more about the Article 4 Direction in our online guide here.