House in Multiple Occupation - Article 4

What is this for?

An Article 4 Direction requiring property owners to make a planning application to convert their property into a House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) will come into force on 14th October 2019. 

The decision to introduce the direction followed a huge amount of work being undertaken aimed at improving the quality of housing in Doncaster. It has given the council more control over the number and density of HMOs, and helps reduce the impact of over-concentrations on communities in some areas of the borough. 

In addition, the Council is continuing to implement an additional licensing scheme that will help improve the condition and quality of housing in the borough. 

You can use this service to tell us if you own (or have purchased) a HMO in Doncaster. 

Notifying us of your property does not mean you will receive planning permission, a HMO license or accreditation but it does enable you to potentially avoid unnecessary enforcement action. 

What is it going to cost?

There is no fee. 

What we need from you

When you submit a House in Multiple Occupation - Article 4 notification you will be asked to give your name, address, email address, contact telephone number, agent details if applicable, address of HMO, and supporting information/documentation. 

You may be required upon request to evidence the property's use as a house in multiple occupation. For example, this may include the provision of tenancy agreements, billing information, photographs and/or floor plans. 

What you should expect from us

If you own a House in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) you are encouraged to declare this to us, as this will help us to respond to enquiries regarding the lawfulness of existing HMOs in the borough, and potentially avoid unnecessary enforcement action. 

More information

Houses in Multiple Occupation - Article 4 Direction 

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Last updated: 07 August 2019 10:04:52