HMOs, Houses in Multiple Occupation

Oxford City Council has introduced an Article 4 Direction which means planning permission is needed to turn a family home into an HMO within the City boundaries.

An HMO is a dwelling in which three or more unrelated persons forming two or more households share an amenity such as a bathroom, toilet or cooking facilities.
A household is defined as either single person or members of the same family who are living together.

As an example, in practice this would mean if three students are sharing a 3 bedroom house it would be classified as an HMO and therefore planning permission and licensing would be required.

Here at Leys Longden and Co, we can
 *   Carry out an assessment against the guidelines
 *   Arrange for a planning and license application to be submitted to the Council
 *   Deal with possible alterations to the property
 *   Support you with queries arising from the HMO, some of which may be historical.

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