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Stricter rules surrounding new Bexley HMOs will start on Monday

PUBLISHED: 11:00 22 September 2017

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The council is introducing an Article 4 Direction

Developers hoping to turn change properties around the borough into Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) will face stricter regulation from next week.

On Monday, the council will launch its Article 4 Direction, removing the former ‘permitted development’ rights which made it easier to convert a regular house into a small HMO.

It is hoped the direction will make it easier for the council to monitor the borough’s number of HMOs and to grant or refuse permission for them.

Bexley council leader Teresa O’Neill said: “We have no doubt that the majority of landlords ensure that their dwellings meet all the required planning regulations, so that their tenants are safe and that they are in an area with the necessary services. However, there are a small minority that made the most of the previous system and were found to overcrowd their properties or to develop them in an area without the necessary infrastructure.

“By introducing this direction we will be able to protect residents in HMOs, our landlords and the local community.”

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