Houses in multiple occupation - article 4 direction

Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) are needed to provide an affordable form of housing, particularly for young people, those on lower incomes and students. Sometimes areas have extreme concentrations of HMOs which can have a negative effect on communities. We have an Article 4 Direction (PDF 583 KB) in place to prevent communities from becoming imbalanced.

The Article 4 direction removes permitted development rights within the following areas:

  • Adel and Wharfedale
  • Armley
  • Beeston Hill and Holbeck
  • Bramley and Stanningley
  • Burmantofts and Richmond Hill
  • Chapel Allerton
  • City and Hunslet
  • Gipton and Harehills
  • Headingley
  • Horsforth
  • Hyde Park and Woodhouse
  • Kirkstall
  • Moortown
  • Roundhay and Weetwood

A map of the areas affected by the Article 4 is available to download.

You will need planning permission to convert a property into a house in multiple occupation.

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