HMOs and the Article 4 Direction (1112P16)

Status: Lapsed | Zone: Trustee

Passed: 14/05/2012 | Lapsed: 04/02/2014

This policy was discussed at the following meetings:

  • From the 23rd March 2012, Southampton City Council introduced a city wide Article 4 Direction where landlords must now apply for planning permission to convert a family home into a House of Multiple Occupation (HMO)
  • That Southampton City Council have posed a 20% constraint on the numbers of HMOs across the City, but in the areas of Portswood, Bassett and Swaythling a 10% constraint has been applied
  • That the reasons stated for applying the Article 4 Direction is to do with imbalanced communities, anti-social behaviour and environmental impact,  amongst others
  • That the Article 4 Direction policy is accompanied by a standards document which landlords have to comply with to receive planning permission
  • That Southampton City Council claim that the Article 4 Direction will help to drive up standards in HMOs
  • That posing a 10% constraint in the areas of Portswood, Bassett and Swaythling victimises students that attend the University of Southampton
  • That the standards document accompanied with the Article 4 Direction policy should include more of the SASSH standards which were written and agreed by the University of Southampton, Southampton Solent University, Southampton City Council and local landlords
  • That this policy may lead to an increase in rental prices for students as landlords will be limited in how many more properties they can build or renovate
  • To engage students in lobbying Southampton City Council on making the 20% constraint across the whole City, including Portswood, Bassett and Swaythling
  • To lobby Southampton City Council to include more of the SASSH standards in their standards document to ensure that an improvement in the standards of HMOs is seen
  • To ensure a regular dialogue is held with Southampton City Council about the implementation of the Article 4 Direction and how standards are enforced
  • To lobby landlords to keep rental prices at a reasonable level should they begin to increase as a result of this policy
    Sorry, there are no Mandates for this policy