As many of you will be fully aware, the law surrounding renting and letting properties is constantly changing. Amendments, alterations and additions to laws are commonplace, and it can often be hard work keeping up with the necessary requirements.

With direct relation to landlords, Article 4 Direction is an addition to the law surrounding permitted development and what can be built in a particular location. A local planning authority can implement this to provide them with extra powers of planning control – often using it for conservation, heritage and sensitive areas which need to be protected.

Article 4 Direction will often remove permitted development rights over certain modifications, and it is therefore important for landlords, who are often changing and modifying their properties, to be aware of where the direction applies.

With an addition of Article 4 Direction, it is often necessary to apply for planning permission in areas where permitted development would ordinarily suffice. Painting of exterior walls, the building of porches and the replacement of windows and doors are examples of what would constitute alterations prohibited under permitted development in an Article 4 Direction area.

Article 4 Direction

In Birmingham, there are a number of areas where Article 4 Direction has been introduced – the Birmingham City Council website can provide details of this here.

According to Landlord Referencing, there are about to be big changes to Article 4 Directions in Birmingham. For any landlords who let in the Birmingham area, it is vital the NLA Birmingham Branch Meeting is attended – there will be important information about Article 4 Direction in the area and some updates on big changes.

For more information contact Mary Latham @landlordtweets on Twitter or visit the Landlord Referencing Forum

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