Article 4 Direction has been proposed to manage HMO conversion

To protect family homes from conversion into houses of multiple occupation (HMOs) Croydon Council plans to issue an Article 4 Direction

Properties with multi bedrooms can be converted to HMOs that can be lived in by three and six unrelated people through permitted development rights. This means that the full planning process is not needed,  and does not need to be approved by the council before work can be done.

Owners will be required to seek planning permission for the conversion due to The Article 4 Direction. The council plans to implement this in January 2020.

Over the past 10 years research shows, the borough has lost hundreds of family homes to HMO conversions, according to the local authority .

A consultation will be held on the proposals until Friday 8 March.

Deputy leader and cabinet member for homes and gateway services, Alison Butler,  said: “For some time we have been concerned by the rapid decline in multi-bedroom homes in the borough, particularly given the acute housing need and people’s inability to access affordable home ownership.

“It is clear it is becoming more and more important to protect family homes in Croydon. While we recognise the need for HMOs, we can already see that in some parts of the borough there are just too many HMOs in a small area for the local infrastructure to cope.

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