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City-Wide Article 4 to Be Introduced in Birmingham

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Birmingham is to introduce a city-wide Article 4 Direction from June this year, ensuring a planning application must be submitted to convert family houses to HMOs.

The rules being introduced by the Labour-led council will mean consent is required to change a family house (C3 use) to a small House in Multiple Occupation accommodating between three and six people (C4 use).

The local authority undertook a six-week period to publicise the city-wide direction, which has now been given the green light. A statement from the council says: "If you are the landlord of an existing small HMO, we are asking that you declare this to us and provide details of the address of the property and any evidence to show that it is an existing HMO."

"This will ensure that we have as much information as possible about existing HMOs in the city before the Article 4 Direction becomes enforceable. The process for declaring existing HMOs will remain open until the Article 4 Direction comes in to force on Monday 8 June 2020."