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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Southwark HMO victory

A recent victory for local landlords of Southwark who opposed their local Council’s proposed changes to room sizes in HMO’s, proves working together can achieve a positive outcome.

Southwark Council had created a revised version of the council standards concerning HMO (Houses of Multiple Occupation) room sizes. The council wanted to increase the bedroom size in HMO properties from the legal norm listed in the Housing Act 1985 of 6.5 sq/m, to 10 sq/m. For many landlords in the area this was clearly an unacceptable change that would have had huge negative repercussions on their respective businesses, making the majority of properties unusable for HMO accommodation.

This change in standards was going to directly affect HMO landlord and Platinum Property Partners (PPP) Franchise Partner, Liz Bunton, who on learning of the proposed changes approached PPP and the National Landlords Association (NLA) for help and assistance. PPP and the NLA then organised a meeting with other local landlords and property investors to prompt action to ensure the draft standards would be withdrawn.

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