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Supply of rental properties ‘may be constrained’ by Article 4 Directions – DWP report

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The Department for Work and Pensions has released an interim report that highlights the potentially negative impact Article 4 Directions are having on restricting the growth of affordable housing…

The Department for Work and Pensions has released an interim report that highlights the potentially negative impact Article 4 Directions are having on restricting the growth of affordable housing.

The report findings suggests that the introduction of the Article 4 Directions have restricted planning permissions for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) and obstructed the provision of affordable housing in the private rented sector. The report also suggests that landlords are reluctant to develop their HMO portfolios due to the impact of Article 4 planning restrictions in some areas.

The RLA have previously voiced opinions to scrap Article 4 Direction, detailed in the association’s Manifesto for Growth.

The RLA is now set to consult with the government on the findings of the report and will strive to look into what this will mean for local councils and landlords.

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The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) represents the interests of landlords in the private rented sector (PRS) across England and Wales. With over 23,000 subscribing members, and an additional 16,000 registered guests who engage regularly with the association, we are the leading voice of private landlords. Combined, they manage almost half a million properties.

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  • HMO’s in many areas where rents are low are simply not viable. The increase in utility prices, local authority interference and low LHA rates make them uneconomic. Any attempts I make to control profligate use of gas and electricity are undone by tenants causing structural damage. They leave the CH on all day and if it gets too hot they just open windows.
    If I try to restrict the hours the CH is switched on they either override the controls or buy electric fan heaters, even though these are prohibited by their tenancy agreements.
    I end up subsidizing their rent from other income, while they are flagrantly wasting valuable energy resources and throwing greenhouse gas iito the atmosphere unnecessarily.

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