Monday, February 14, 2011

Bournemouth Council serves up yet more bear nibbles…

Planning permission rules could impact rent and property prices

"MOVES to require planning permission before small houses can be converted to take tenants could drive up rents and slash property prices, a landlords’ group has warned..." That's excellent news for people looking to buy in Brighton!

Posted by mark wadsworth @ 04:29 PM (1233 views)
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6 thoughts on “Bournemouth Council serves up yet more bear nibbles…

  • Nice to see this happening.

    From experience houses of multiple occupancy can be dirty dangerous places lacking proper fire escape and alarms.
    In some areas they really are not much different from slums. With the accompanying cash in hand slum landlords.

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  • there are loads of empty nursing homes in cheshire all because the council won’t allow change of use to apartments, what a waste

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  • The Residential Landlords Association, which represents private sector landlords, says that in areas where the restriction has already been introduced, owner occupiers have seen the value of their properties fall by as much as a third.

    Is this the impact of HMO on the cost of housing?

    How much lower would it be without all BTL?

    Maybe Mr Shapps will find this the best way of making housing more affordable for FTBs

    Bankside

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    Mark, despite I live nowhere near Cheshire, there’s a massive empty nursing home up the road from me (went bankrupt a year or so ago) which could easily be converted into about twenty flats, or even better, knocked down and built into a block of thirty flats. We’ll see.

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  • Nursing homes, for just the elderly.

    How novel.

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  • Bournemouth is a bit of a special case – there are lots of flats, and LOTS of 4-bed detached houses dating from when letting rooms to holidaymakers was big business in Edwardian times. What it doesn’t have is lots of semis. The council, therefore, is very anxious to retain what they describe as “modest family houses” However, on a square footage basis (can’t remember the exact figure) a student let I used to have which had 3 upstairs bedrooms and 3 receptions (not including a big kitchen / breakfast room) would not have qualified for subdivision into 2 flats.
    Bournemouth is already really hot on HMO safety & HHSR.

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