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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

High Court challenge on HMOs

The Government is facing a High Court challenge over their decision to scrap the previous Labour governments legislation requiring all HMO properties to obtain planning permission where 3 or more non family tenants were sharing.

The Coalition government very sensibly in my view decided to scrap this blanket control in favour of a more selective area based approached secured through an Article 4 direction.

Four Local Authorities have decided to launch a High Court Challenge over the way the legislation was changed which could potentially open up the Councils to millions of pounds worth of compensation by landlords affected by the change.

One council that is considering adopting selective planning powers to control the numbers of student tenants is in Bath.  A good idea?  Probably not if you are a student landlord.

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