Your Student House
If you are sharing a house with 3 or more people (not related to you) whilst studying at Uni. then you are living in a House of Multiple Occupation (HMO).
At the moment a landlord does not need planning permission to turn a house into a HMO, but from March they will. This is known as an Article 4 Direction.
The reasons for implementing the direction are based on imbalanced communities, anti-social behaviour, ‘studentification’ and environmental impact. All of which, SUSU do a lot of work on and can be resolved by other means.
There’s a consultation happening now about the Supplementary Planning Document, which states how the Article 4 direction will actually work. Part of this is looking at the standards that HMO accommodation will have to meet.
I’m currently gathering information to write SUSU’s response to the consultation and I need you!
Some of the things that I have found to highlight are:
- That we don’t agree with the reasons for it being applied.
- That the standards document should incorporate the SASSH standards (an accreditation scheme for student housing)
- Asking whether an Equality Impact Assessment has been conducted and saying that it definitely should be
- and looking at how the standards can actually be enforced and what the Council will do if they’re not met.
But, what do you think about the Article 4 Direction?
What has your experience been in your student house? Were the standards good or poor?
Have you ever contacted the Council about an issue with your student house? If so, how did you find the service they provided you with?
Please comment on this article or email me on email@example.com by Friday 27th January.
I need your comments to make SUSU’s response stronger!
You can find out more details about this here: http://www.southampton.gov.uk/s-environment/policy/planningdocuments/