We asked why the four-year rule is being scrapped — here's the government's reason

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A DLUHC spokesperson has responded to Homebuilding & Renovating's story last on the exclusive that the four-year rule is set to be scrapped this year (Image credit: Getty Images)

After finding out that the longstanding 'four-year rule' was due to be scrapped in the latest round of planning changes, the question many were asking was why.

The quiet update, which is currently going through Parliament, is likely to have far-reaching consequences for many self builders, renovators and homeowners that own properties that have undergone previous building work. This can include development thought to have fallen under permitted development laws as well as those selling a property without having a certificates of lawfulness or proof of planning permission for the work.

Joseph Mullane
News Editor

News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.