Brunel University students face housing shortage
Students at Brunel University could soon face a critical housing shortage if the council implements essential planning permission on houses in multiple occupation.
Since 2006 there have been over 400 complaints about HMOs in the Hillingdon area, with issues concerning anti-social behaviour and parking problems.
Currently, landlords can rent out a student house with up to six occupants without planning permission. If the council agree on implementing an Article 4 direction, which allows them to override the law, landlords will need to apply for planning permission for more than three occupants.
The council will also discuss the option of putting a limit on the amount of student properties which can be rented out in an area.
Locals claim there is still an ‘us’ and ‘them’ feeling between students and local residents, despite the council setting up a “Brunel University Liaison” group five years ago for local residents to meet and discuss any problems they have with Brunel students.
The cost of implementing such a direction will cost £6,000 alone for publicity and public notes, with ongoing council costs of £20,000 a year.
Hillingdon council will meet to discuss this issue and propose a conclusion on Thursday 3rd November.