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Lockdown: How planning enforcement is battling low quality micro-flats

As a new licensing requirement for houses in multiple occupation comes into effect, George Turner reflects on the practice of cheaply converting homes into properties that deliberately blur the line between HMOs and one-bedroomed flats to maximise rental take from tenants on housing benefits

Lockdown: the conversion of a two-storey family home into up to six micro flats of between 10-15 square metres. Each flat has a short worktop, sink, shower, and just enough space for a bed. Each is let out to a housing benefit claimant for up to £1,000 a month. Per square metre, a lockdown apartment is more expensive to rent than most luxury housing.The term was allegedly coined by a........
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