The new relaxed planning regulations announced earlier this week will enable landlords to extend properties without the need for full planning permission, it has been confirmed to LandlordZONE.

Announced on Tuesday (21st July) the new rules are primarily aimed at home owners who want to add two stories to their property to accommodate growing families, or to create separate homes – for example an apartment for grandparents.

After chasing the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government for two days, it has told LandlordZONE that the new rights – which are due to go live in September – will apply to a dwelling and ‘do not distinguish in respect of ownership’.

This means that landlords can extend existing properties to add two stories to create new apartments to rent out, which they will be able to achieve through a fast-tracked planning process.

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But MHCLG says the new relaxed rules will not apply to Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs), which will still have to go through existing planning approval processes.

“The regulations will require that the new homes created must be a dwelling which is a flat/self-contained unit,” an MHCLG spokesperson has told LandlordZONE.

Unused properties

The new rules will also enable property investors to demolish and rebuild unused properties in town centres as homes, and commercial and retail properties can be quickly repurposed ‘to help revive high streets and town centres’.

These more relaxed planning rules are in addition to similar ones announced earlier this summer, which enable owners of purpose-built apartment blocks to also add two storeys via a fast-track approval process.

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