Public invited to have say on plans to limit number of HMOs in three Aberdeen areas

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Controversial plans for a policy to limit the number of houses of multiple occupancy (HMO) in three areas of Aberdeen are now out for public consultation.

The launch of the survey follows a decision made by Aberdeen City Council’s communities, housing and infrastructure committee in January.

The policy would apply in the area containing the Froghall, Powis and Sunnybank neighbourhoods, as well as Old Aberdeen and Garthdee and would come into effect where the concentration of HMOs exceeds 10%.

There are a number of planned exemptions from the policy including new, purpose-built properties such as student accommodation, competent renewals of an existing licence and existing licensed properties which change ownership.

Lewis Morgan, planning officer for Old Aberdeen Community Council, said the group welcomed the move by the local authority.

He said: “This is not a limitation on HMOs but on the density in a few carefully specified areas.

“What it means is that in specified areas landlords will be discouraged from asking for HMOs.

“They will still be entitled to request an HMO but would need better arguments.”

Speaking against an over-provision policy, Martin Wilson, who owns HMO properties in the area, told councillors there is a long history of housing students in Old Aberdeen.

He said: “In actual fact the first HMO in the Chanonry happened 100 years ago.

“A number of listed buildings in College Bounds have housed students for years.”

The survey is available to the public online at

The consultation closes on Wednesday, June 7.