Council reveals plan to licence HMOs
Brighton and Hove Council is planning to licence houses in multiple occupation to improve neighbourhoods.
The council will focus on certain areas, including student properties, in a bid to improve accommodation standards and anti-social behaviour.
The move comes as part of the council’s student housing strategy to cater for neighbourhoods with high numbers of homes with multiple tenants to curb problems such as noise nuisance and litter.
It will be holding a ten week consultation on additional HMO licensing.
Liz Wakefield, cabinet member for housing, said: ‘Students bring many benefits to the city and there are many excellent landlords in the city. But in areas of high concentrations of HMOs, especially where many students live together, there is a minority of landlords whose management is less than effective and encourages noise and litter nuisance. This additional licensing aims to address these problems while improving tenants’ housing conditions.’
The council currently licences more than 800 HMOs of three or more storeys which have five or more tenants across the city.