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As of April 6th 2010 the laws governing HMOs have changed. The main change that will affect rental accommodation is to the classification of rental properties based on their usage.
The previous classification system included 2 basic categories relevant to rented accommodation:
The new classification system adds a further category for shared houses with 3-6 tennants living as a single household, taking them out of the 'single dwelling' category
A landlord who owns a property that is currently let to a family but wants to let it by the room or to a group of 3-6 tenants (whether students, friends or young professionals) will need to apply for planning permission to do so (this process incurs a cost, currently £335).
The new classification will apply to live in landlords who take in more than 2 unrelated lodgers. If more than 2 unrelated lodgers live with a landlord then the landlord may have to apply for planning permission
For more detailed information on these changes (including a great downloadable in-depth guide) visit the Resident Landlords Association page- (the downloadable guide is at the bottom of the page).