NLA welcomes end to blanket shared housing planning regulations

"We are pleased to see the Government has ended this unnecessary and wasteful bureaucracy whereby landlords are forced to seek planning permission to let to unrelated tenants.

"The current rules, rushed through before the General Election, are draconian and have threatened to drive good landlords away from the rental sector because of increased costs and red tape. The last thing communities need at this time is a restriction of affordable homes for rent.

"Planning permission will still be needed in certain small areas to control the numbers of HMOs. However, we believe it should be used as one of many tools available to local authorities and not the first measure undertaken.

"We very much hope this is a first step in the development of a more creative engagement between local councils and private-residential landlords."

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