Consultation on Additional HMO Licensing Scheme

From Martin Reid, Head of Housing Strategy & Development & Private Sector Housing, Brighton & Hove City Council.

Housing Committee on 14 January 2015 approved consultation on designation of a further discretionary licensing scheme in relation to smaller Houses in Multiple Occupation consisting of two or more storeys and with three or more occupiers in the wards of Brunswick & Adelaide, Central Hove, East Brighton, Goldsmid, Preston Park, Regency and Westbourne.

This is in addition to mandatory licensing of larger HMOs across the city and an existing discretionary licensing scheme in relation to smaller HMOs in the Lewes Road wards.

Following Housing Committee approval we have commenced consultation on this proposal to extend licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) to improve the management and standards of multi-occupied homes in this area of the city.

We wish to hear from: residents; local businesses; neighbourhood groups; student unions; landlords, letting agent and business forums; and, any other interested parties in these seven wards and areas adjoining the proposed area of designation who might be affected.

Consultation will close at Midnight on Monday 20th April 2015.

Results will be published on the Brighton & Hove City Council website and local media when ready for presenting to Housing Committee.

Consultation on further discretionary HMO licensing in an additional seven wards is now live on the consultation portal and subject to local press coverage (Brighton & Hove News link below).

Relevant links are below.

·         http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/sites/brighton-hove.gov.uk/files/Additional%20HMO%20Licensing%20-%20Consultation%20Briefing.pdf

·         http://consult.brighton-hove.gov.uk/public/bhcc/housing/hmo/proposed_additional_licensing_scheme

·         http://www.brightonandhovenews.org/2015/02/03/shared-house-controls-to-be-extended-to-brighton-and-hoves-bedsit-land

Please contact me if you would like any further information on this consultation or would find it useful for me or members of the Private Sector Housing team to attend any meetings with residents or other groups to explain this proposal as part of the consultation process.

Regards

Martin Reid
Head of Housing Strategy & Development &
Private Sector Housing
Brighton & Hove City Council
01273 293321
07795 335650
Martin.Reid@brighton-hove.gov.uk

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