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Designation of Areas for Additional Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation

Decision:

AGREED RECOMMENDATIONS:

Reason for decision – as specified in the report.

Other options considered – none, other than as detailed in the report and related papers.

Conflicts of interest/dispensations granted – none.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

1.1       That it be agreed to designate Caledonian Road and Holloway Road as areas
            subject to additional licensing of the following types of HMOs:

·      Houses and flats occupied by three or more persons who are not members of the same household (family);

·      Buildings converted into two or more flats where the conversion works do not comply with appropriate building standards (those applied in 1991 or later) and less than two-thirds of the flats are owner occupied (these are known as section 257 HMOs).

 

1.2       That the proposed fee structure for 2015/16 in relation to both Additional licensing of HMOs and the existing mandatory HMO licensing scheme, attached at Appendix 3 of the report be agreed.

 

1.3       That any additional costs of implementing the licensing scheme that cannot be met by the licensing fee or through existing resources will be monitored and as necessary, met from the Contingency fund be agreed.

 

1.4       That the additional licensing scheme be implemented from 1st September 2015, to run for five years, be agreed.

 

1.5       That it be agreed that the Service Manager (Residential Environmental Health), Service Manager (Commercial EH, Licensing and Emergency Planning), Service Manager (ASB and Environmental Services) and Service Director (Public Protection) be authorised to agree licences and determine the period of time to be covered by each licence.


Reason for decision – to allow the Council to address the significant problems identified with the management and condition of HMOs in Caledonian Road and Holloway Road.

Other options considered – none, other than as detailed in the report and related papers.

Conflicts of interest/dispensations granted – none.

 

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