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WHAT IS ARTICLE 4?

WHAT IS ARTICLE 4?

Investors ask us about article 4 quite a lot or sometimes they don’t even realise it exists so we thought we would do a short and sweet blog to outline what it’s all about.

Birmingham Council has put in a requirement for certain properties in Edgbaston, Selly Park, Selly Oak and Harborne to need planning permission if they are converted from a family residence (Class 3) to a house of multiple occupation (HMO or Class 4).

The council will not permit family houses to be converted into HMO’s where there is already an over concentration of HMO’s or indeed where it would result in an over concentration. They have defined that an over concentration would be where 10% or more of the houses within 100 meters of the application site that are not being used as class 3 use.

The photo which accompanies this photo shows a map of the area covered by article 4. As an investor looking to buy a HMO property in this area it may be very difficult to convert a C3 property into a C4 property- ideally you would be better to buy a property which already has planning permission granted. If you are considering converting a property in this area, then you can check if a property is likely to be granted planning permission by speaking to the Council’s Planning and Regeneration service who can provide pre application advice.

If you would like any investment advice, then please contact Laura Fiddes-Baron on 0121 445 7410 or laura@oulsnamlettings.net

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