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Freedom of information request response - 05578

FOI request

FOI ID number
05578
Regarding
Housing in Multiple Occupation (HMO)
Request

The Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Prescribed Description) (England) Order 2018 is due to come into effect on October 1, 2018. Similar legislation is in effect in Scotland. It requires private landlords with properties housing three or more tenants, forming more than one household, to obtain an HMO license. Those with properties in which tenants share a bathroom, kitchen or toilet facilities with others also require to be licensed.

I want to know if council officers have established how many properties will require to be licensed and how many are currently in a condition where they are likely to be granted a license.

From your response to both parts of my question, I want to be able to establish, ipso facto, how many properties that require to be licensed are not currently in a condition to be granted a license.

Our response

Response

The Council cannot confirm the number of private properties that will require a licence after the new HMO regulations come into effect on 1 October 2018.  This is because the Council does not hold data on HMOs within the district in a form that will enable them to confirm whether the properties meet the licensing criteria and are therefore licensable.

As the answer to the first question is not known, it is not possible to say how many are currently in a condition where they are likely to be granted a licence.

Additional information: The original request contains a different definition of Licensable HMO than that contained within the Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Prescribed description) (England) Order 2018.

Response date
19 September 2018