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HMOs cause row between MPs

April 20th, 2010

The new HMO regulations whereby landlords need to apply for planning permission on properties that are newly let out to three or more unrelated people has caused a political row.

The law, which was put in place on 6th April 2010, will cause big problems for landlords and agents by increasing costs and administration. As well as applying for planning permission landlords may also need to apply for HMO licenses.

The row comes after Conservative Party leader David Cameron called for the new regulations to be scrapped.

Labour’s Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, John Denham accused Cameron of doing favours for the National Landlords Association (NLA) and ignoring residents’ concerns.

David Salusbury, NLA chairman said, “This law was rushed through parliament without a chance for debate, excluding MPs from having a say on this ill thought out policy. We want to see more shared housing for people who need it and local authorities directly tackling the problems associated with houses in multiple occupation”.

The NLA claimed that the regulations will affect students, professional sharers and migrant workers who rely on this type of housing for affordability by limiting their housing options.

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