Controlling standards in HMOs

posted on 17 July 2017, updated on 17 July 2017

The House of Commons has published a briefing paper that sets out the legal framework in England and Wales for controlling standards in houses in multiple occupation (HMOs). It considers the powers available to local authorities to carry out enforcement work, and potential changes in the pipeline.

While not directly linked to council tax, it provides an overview of the HMO market, which the paper reports has undergone significant growth. It is now the second largest tenure in the UK and houses around 4.3 million households in England. This indicates the continued challenges faced by local authorities in identifying and dealing with HMOs.

View the briefing paper here.

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