Cambridge rejects plan to limit HMOs
Ruling Liberal Democrat councillors on Cambridge Council have defeated an attempt by the opposition Labour group to restrict the number of houses of multiple occupation in the city.
Labour councillors put forward a motion to look into the option of denying permission for new HMOs in streets where they already cover 25 per cent of properties. The motion also called for the city’s HMO definition to be widened and for tougher enforcement of breaches of HMO licenses.
These measures were necessary ‘given problems from some HMOs failing to deliver quality, safe housing, or creating serious problems for neighbours’, the Labour motion said.
The motion was defeated by Liberal Democrat and Green councillors. The Liberal Democrats argued that restricting HMOs would lead to an increase in rents and price people out of the city.
‘Making it difficult for people to access shared housing in the city could have a disastrous effect on the economy of the area,’ an alternative Liberal Democrat motion adopted by the council said.
Local elections take place in Cambridge on 3 May, with voters electing councillors for one-third of council seats.