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Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)

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HMO Classifications Explained

Planning law categorises uses for land and buildings by an alphanumeric system, known as ‘Use Classes’, that range from A1-D2 depending on their use.

Shared houses are split into the following three classifications:

Use Class C3 is the classification of a normal house (a dwellinghouse) this can be shared by up to two separate “households”, a household comprising a single person, a couple or a family.

Use Class C4 (the most common HMO) is a shared house of between three and six “households” (common example being a student house).

Government legislation allows a change between C3 and C4 without requiring consent, except in places where the local planning authority has introduced an “Article 4 direction” requiring planning permission for the change. The Article 4 Direction applies to all of Bournemouth.

Use Class C4 (the most common HMO) is a shared house of between three and six “households” (common example being a student house).

Government legislation allows a change between C3 and C4 without requiring consent, except in places where the local planning authority has introduced an “Article 4 direction” requiring planning permission for the change. The Article 4 Direction applies to all of Bournemouth.

Sui Generis is the term used to describe a use that does not fall within another recognised Use Class, it is a specific use that requires consent to change to or from. This is the use for six or more households (common examples being former hotels and larger buildings).

Depending on the physical nature of the property there may be a requirement for an HMO licence as well as planning permission, but we can guide you through the process and also advise on the likelihood of gaining consent if you are looking to invest in a property to rent as a HMO.

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