Decision details

Additional Licensing Scheme for Houses in Multiple Occupation

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To consider the responses to the public consultation and confirm progress with the additional HMO Licensing scheme.


To proceed with the introduction of the Houses in Multiple Occupation Additional Licensing scheme.

Reasons for the decision:

Following waves of migration of workers from EU countries into the area, large numbers of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) have been established and continue to be established, to house them.  A considerable amount of officer time is taken up establishing ownership and management responsibility which will have to be declared at the licensing application stage.  Licensing also allows direct application of conditions and standards.

Alternative options considered:

Having considered the replies to the public consultation the options available to Cabinet were as follows:


  • To either confirm progress to introduction of the scheme
  • To modify any part of the scheme; or
  • Not to introduce the scheme.

Report author: Gordon Partridge

Publication date: 16/02/2012

Date of decision: 14/02/2012

Decided at meeting: 14/02/2012 - Cabinet

Effective from: 24/02/2012

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