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Good news for landlords thinking of converting homes into two flats

February 6, 2024

A great opportunity appears to be on the horizon for landlords as the government announces plans to make it easier to convert your house into two flats without planning permission. This will reduce the red tape, costs and transform the process of making your property more profitable. But the advantages don’t stop there, and they are not only confined to landlords.

A great opportunity appears to be on the horizon for landlords as the government announces plans to make it easier to convert your house into two flats without planning permission. This will reduce the red tape, costs and transform the process of making your property more profitable. But the advantages don’t stop there, and they are not only confined to landlords.

A greater return on investment
Whether you are a landlord with an extensive property portfolio or own a home in which you see the advantages of subdividing into flats, you stand to gain. Landlords achieve a greater return on investment by being able to increase rental income and the value of their property. If you are a homeowner, you could benefit from renting one flat out and living in the other when considering downsizing. And, both parties will benefit from an increase in the value of your property assets while providing a more compact, energy-efficient place to live.

The process will be faster
Currently, to undertake such a conversion, you need to seek planning permission, as converting a house into a flat is not defined as a permitted development. The government’s proposal will change this and speed up the process, as you will no longer have to delay work on your property. Listed building consent or conservation area consent may be required if necessary, and the government has stipulated that the permitted development right must not change the external appearance of the building.

When will these plans come into place?
The government is already in consultation about the change in ‘permitted developments’ legislation that will allow homes to become two flats. It is expected to be implemented towards the end of the year. The government, landlords, tenants, and homeowners are eagerly anticipating these changes, and the sooner the government brings them into force, the better, as they will have many positive benefits for all parties and the wider economy.

How will this affect the market?
Increasing the supply of energy-efficient and compact flats will provide more high-quality homes for tenants. Landlords will be able to achieve greater rents from the same property. With the outlook for 2024 looking promising, finding funding to convert homes into flats will be easier. The wider economy and communities will thrive as half-empty homes in need of modernization benefit from a makeover. Happy tenants in place will spend money, and the economic spinoffs will help improve many postcodes. This could help to add to the value of property in these areas while curbing spiralling rental inflation.

Communicate with your agent
Whatever your property plans are, it’s always good to keep in touch with your agent. New opportunities appear daily, sometimes hourly, in all shapes and sizes. Certain houses lend themselves well to conversion into flats. Your agent will be able to inform you when such properties are arriving on the market, connect you to a good mortgage advisor, value your existing property, and manage it if you don’t want the hassle of finding tenants or maintaining your property. It always pays to do your research; a good agent can give you a rental valuation to see how much extra rent you could achieve if you take advantage of the government’s new plans.

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