Houses in multiple occupation

The Council wishes to tackle the problem of homes being turned into houses in multiple occupation (HMOs). It has established an Article 4 Direction which withdraws permitted development rights for small HMOs across the borough. The Direction came into force on 14 May 2012. Since this date, planning permission has been required to develop a property as an HMO.

Any proposals for small HMOs will be assessed against the Local Plan, which resists the loss of housing of three bedrooms or more. It only allows other proposals for HMOs if several criteria are met, including:

  • The number of houses that have been converted to flats and/or HMOs in any road (including unimplemented but still valid planning permissions) does not exceed 10% of the total number of houses in the road
  • No two adjacent properties, apart from dwellings that are separated by a road, should be converted

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HMOs, along with all private rented properties in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, require licensing from 1 September 2014.

The failure to license an HMO can result in fines and additional penalties.