These two maps from a decade apart show just how the roll out of buy to let has altered the housing landscape of England and Wales.
Two more councils are tightening up licensing for houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).
Property experts have listed 18 university towns and cities where investors should not buy student housing unless they have compelling reasons.
Councillors are set to abandon tougher article 4 planning and licensing laws for shared student houses because they feel a crackdown will have no effect.
Buy to let mortgage lenders are refusing to advance money to landlords with homes – including houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) – in neighbourhoods covered by council selective licensing schemes.
More councils are preparing licensing and planning controls for shared houses in multiple occupation (HMO) mainly let to students.
Article 4 directions for student houses are a tool for local councils to crack down on the number of shared houses in some neighbourhoods.
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