Council delivers on its promise to stop HMOs

Hounslow Council has put in place measures to prevent houses in the Hanworth ward of the borough becoming Homes of Multiple Occupation (HMOs).

Published: Thursday, 23rd November 2017

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Hounslow Council has put in place measures to prevent houses in the Hanworth ward of the borough becoming Homes of Multiple Occupation (HMOs).

At a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, [21 November], the decision was taken to withdraw permitted development rights which enable property owners to change the use of a house without planning permission.

Councils must have appropriate justification to withdraw these rights. It is only possible to do so where it is necessary to protect local amenity or the wellbeing of an area.

Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said: “The type of properties in Hanworth, many of which were built in the 1930s, are completely inappropriate to be converted to HMOs. 

“We consulted on our intention to prevent HMOs being created in the area and received overwhelming support. I am delighted that we have now been able to take this step as part of the council’s overall commitment to ensuring quality homes in the borough.”

The decision comes in the same week that Hounslow helped draw Government attention to unscrupulous developers and landlords reaping massive rental income from very small flats in converted houses. 

Working with BBC 1 TV’s Inside Out programme, evidence has been presented to Clive Betts MP, chair of the Government’s Communities and Local Government Committee who has vowed to investigate.