Last week in the Property Go-To Girl blog we discussed what was involved in applying for and getting an HMO license. This week we're looking at a different piece of legislation which could relate to HMOs - an Article 4 Direction.
What is an Article 4 Direction?
This piece of legislation was introduced towards the end of 2010 in essence to allow local authorities to 'protect the character of a Conservation Area or the visual amenities of other areas'. In terms of HMOs it means restricting the number of shared housing in a particular locale (presumably to cut back on the number of students or young people living there and encourage families instead in an effort to cut back on perceived social housing difficulties). Some local authorities allow only 10 per cent of housing in a particular area to be classed as HMOs.
Welcome to my blog. I just wanted to take a minute to introduce myself and give a little background about who I am.
My name is Jacquie Edwards. I am an active property sourcer and manager in Oxford. I absolutely love property and am passionate about providing quality investment opportunities to my clients and quality homes to my tenants. I believe that everyone deserves to have a decent place to live and want to raise the standard of privately rented homes. But I don't want to do this at the expense of the property owner. I believe that by providing a well maintained home to tenants an investor is able to increase the value of their home and attract better tenants that will take better care of the property.
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