Industry News Victoria Barker 15/12/2020

NRLA launches new Article 4 toolkit

A new toolkit to help landlords understand and respond to local Article 4 direction proposals has been launched exclusively for NRLA members.

The Article 4 toolkit follows on from the release of the NRLA’s licensing toolkit in the Autumn.

Article 4 Directives allow local authorities to restrict permitted developments in a designated area.

They are often used by councils to control the number of homes being converted into HMOs in places where there is already a high concentration of that type of accommodation.

In areas where a direction is in place, landlords need to apply for planning permission to convert a dwelling into a HMO.

It is estimated there are currently around 80 Article 4 directions in place across England, which can be seen on the interactive map below.

The new toolkit will help members understand the law around Article 4 and offer practical advice on responding to local consultations.

To learn more about the local authorities that are currently consulting on Article 4 directions, read our latest licensing blog.