Building a Fair Private Rental Sector
Review the council’s policies towards the regulation of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs), with a view to recognising the crucial role HMOs provide in allowing people to afford to live in the city and balancing this with the need to improve the quality and safety of HMOs.
• Implement the policies in respect to HMOs once the new local plan is adopted, which includes the power to refuse any planning application for new HMOs unless they have in place a proper management plan to monitor and minimise anti-social behaviour and the impact on local residents.
• Enhance the Landlord Accreditation scheme, with targets set for each property’s safety and minimum standards put in place, ensuring tenants can live in safe and high quality accommodation.
• Investigate the possibility of forming a social lettings agency, to serve the intermediate market (those struggling with rents but not at risk of homelessness) with the intention of increasing and improving the choice of private rented accommodation in the city for those in housing need. We will also support existing and new tenants in tackling the small minority of rogue landlords involved in problems such as unjust registration fees and unfair deposit arrangements.
There review above does not include any predetermination that properties with three or more residents will have to be licensed.