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  • HMO & Multi-Lets

    HMO planning laws the impact on student lets

    Dear All,I have read with great interest numerous posts on this site, very informative.Having anyone "tested" the water with the new HMO planning regs which require you to apply for planning if a house is to be used as a HMO (now defined as 3 or more unrelated sharers?)I have properties in Loughborough and have noted recently that a landlord was refused permission to turn a dwelling house into an HMO.But I believe the new regs maybe scrapped by the new government.I would not have any concerns buying something with a previous letting history but if I purchased a property without a history was refused permission that could prove very costly!Any tips or experience would be appreciated.I am looking at a 3 bed property which has been let to 3 students previously but I could make this a 5 bed with the conversion of the garage, this would not usually be a problem under permitted development rights but I have spoken to a local planning officer who has informed me that as it is a 3 bed it is already classed as a HMO and therefore the property loses its permitted development rights.  So I would have to put in a full planning application to convert the garage and therefore the council would reject this as over 20% of the street's houses are students HMO's!
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    EAch local authority will deal with this as they interprete the guidelines or see fit.
    If the local PO has already indicated that planning would be required, and that it would be refused, your options are quite limited.
    The Coalition has not scrapped the law yet, and are taking their time getting to it.
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    For the moment, I would avoid planning approaches for several reasons:
    1) The planning department is not pro-student. Most student housing planning changes are rejected by default (using whatever policy is available). If you do want to apply - use a specialist planning lawyer as a minimum and expect to appeal.
    2) It's not just one HMO application that has been rejected by Charnwood BC - it's 4 out of 5 so far.
    Send me a msg and I can reply in more detail (plus give other feedback).
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    Re: permitted development rights - I've seen an interesting post here regarding HMOs (upto 6 people) and if they lose their permitted development rights:
    https://www.pas.gov.uk/pas/forum/thread-m...cId=498472"
    To summarise - No, CLG does not consider that a HMO (C4 class) has an effect on existing permitted development rights that a dwelling house has.
    - This is of course "third party" feedback - talk to CLG directly if you want further detail.
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