A number of property organisations are opposing government plans to change rules concerning house in multiple occupation (HMO).

The National Landlords Association (NLA), the British Property Federation and the National Union of Students are among those who do not agree with politicians' proposals to clamp down on the sector.

Recent suggestions have been made to move HMOs away from residential areas due to complaints made regarding noise, litter and other issues.

One of the main markets for HMOs, students, also leave certain areas empty during holiday periods, which can have a negative impact on local economies.

Big cities such as Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham see waves of migration from student areas during non-semester time, although private landlords generally still receive rental income.

However, the lives of university-goers, immigrants and poorer members of society could be negatively affected by changes to the rules, the property groups say.

Richard Price, director of operations at the NLA: "Changing HMO planning regulations in order to allow small groups of vociferous local residents to discriminate against certain parts of the community is not helpful."

Written by Claire Doyle

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