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Article 4 direction approved in Northampton

Landlords in Northampton who want to covert houses into small HMOs will be required to obtain permission from the council to do so from November.

An Article 4 direction is already in place in some parts of the town, and the new direction will apply to the areas not already covered by this.

A consultation on the new direction ran last year, and the plans were approved last month. The new Article 4 direction will be introduced in Northampton on 13th November 2020.

Landlords are already required to apply for planning permission if they wish to convert a house to a larger HMO, for seven or more unrelated people.

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