Hillingdon looks to restrict student conversions

LB Hillingdon has decided to restrict the conversion of family homes into HMOs in wards where there is a high student population.

The council has brought in new rules stating landlords must seek planning permission for any changes of family homes into Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMO), although they will not come into effect for another 12 months. It applies particularly to the Brunel and Uxbridge South wards.

Councillor Keith Burrows, cabinet member for planning, said: “This is not an attack on students in our borough. We do not want to turn students against residents and residents against students.

“We’re not telling the students to move out; we accept them as a boost to our population and economy.”

In a statement on Friday, Brunel University told the Uxbridge Gazette: “We think that in the short-term it may affect available student accommodation, but in the long-term we hope that it will improve their living conditions.”


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