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Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)

What is an HMO?

A property will be an HMO if it is lived in by people who belong to more than one family and who share one or more facilities, such as kitchens and bathrooms. These houses can include bedsits or just be shared houses.
To use a house as an HMO you may need:

The need for planning permission

Planning permission will not be needed if:

  • The house is being lived in by not more than six people living together as a single household unless it is in
  • The house is being lived in by a single person or by people living together as a family
  • The use has existed for a long time – you can confirm this with us by submitting an application for a Certificate of Lawful Development
    • Aylesford Green ward
    • Beaver ward
    • Little Burton Farm ward, and
    • South Willesborough ward.

The areas covered by the these wards can be seen on our interactive map.

If the house has more than six people living in it and they are not living as a family, planning permission will always be needed.

Planning permission is needed in the four wards listed above because the Council confirmed an Article 4 (1) Direction on 15th of March 2012 under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995, as amended.

The Direction removes permitted development rights for the Change of Use from class C3 (single dwelling) to class C4  (small HMO) from 1 December 2012.

Landlords must make sure that they satisfy planning, building control and the Housing Act requirements, which are independent of each other.

If you have any questions email planning.help@ashford.gov.uk.

Useful information

Report of the Development Control Manager proposing the Article 4 Direction [pdf] 140KB

Report to Planning Committee following consultation [pdf] 867KB

Minutes of the Planning Committee confirming the direction [pdf] 516KB

Article 4 Direction as confirmed [pdf] 268KB

Aylesford Green ward map [pdf] 217KB

Beaver Ward map [pdf] 281KB

Little Burton Farm ward map [pdf] 194KB

South Willesborough ward map [pdf] 212KB

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