An HMO pressure group has backed calls for a national landlord registration scheme in England and better funding for local authorities to prevent student HMOs making residents’ lives a misery.

The national Houses of Multiple Occupation lobby based in Leeds, an umbrella group for community associations, says a registration scheme similar to those in Scotland and Wales would make it harder for rogue landlords to escape justice.

“I know responsible landlords get fed up with going through licensing schemes while rogue landlords are bringing the whole industry into disrepute,” local coordinator Dr Richard Tyler tells LandlordZONE, “but that’s not an argument for not having licensing – it’s an argument for stronger enforcement.”

He says the real tragedy is how local authorities’ budgets have been slashed so that they don’t have the capacity to enforce licensing.

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“A national scheme would be a positive as consistency is needed for both tenants and landlords,” he says.

Tyler adds that while legislation has improved the situation in the last 10 years, the numbers of HMOs have risen.

Student HMOs

And as students pour back into cities across the UK, local residents in areas such as Headingley – where the student to local resident ratio is 2:1 – regularly deal with anti-social behaviour.

“The amount of student HMOs particularly continue to expand and our members are suffering the consequences,” says Tyler.

“We need to monitor the sheer numbers of HMOs. Some authorities set percentage limits but, without registration, it’s time-consuming to trawl though records and identify numbers.”

He adds: “Many smaller student homes should be first homes for locals while students could be in purpose-built accommodation. In fact, if students went to university in their home town there wouldn’t be a need for the large number of student HMOs.”

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  1. He adds: “Many smaller student homes should be first homes for locals while students could be in purpose-built accommodation. In fact, if students went to university in their home town there wouldn’t be a need for the large number of student HMOs.”

    Purpose built accommodation can be as much as twice the rent as smaller student homes. Look in Manchester – private rooms advertised for £50 pw! There isn’t a university in everyone’s home town! Not every uni offers the same courses. I’d just love it if my son could study his somewhat niche course at a, so far non-existent , uni in my town.

  2. A National LL registration scheme would be brilliant.
    It would result in millions of homeless.
    There are millions of fraudulent tenancies out there.

    There are reckoned to be 300000 LL letting fraudulently with residential mortgages WITHOUT CTL.
    They house about 1 million tenants.

    Very few of these could obtain CTL so wouldn’t be able to achieve a LL licence.
    No licence no and the LL can’t let that particular property.

    Then there are the millions of LL letting to DSS tenants when their BTL mortgage conditions strictly prohibit such letting.
    Those LL couldn’t obtain a licence unless all lenders dropped the exclusion which quite frankly they all should.
    Then there are those LL who have DSS tenants and haven’t informed the insurer and so are technically uninsured.

    It is required by lenders that LL have the correct insurance!!

    LL can hardly have the correct insurance if they have DSS tenants which their lender bans!!

    Then you have all the LL letting to illegal immigrants of which there are reckoned to be about 2 million.

    How could a LL have a licence for a property being let to illegal immigrants!!??

    Then we have all the properties that are overcrowded.

    If ALL licence conditions were conformed to there would be mass homelessness.

    Great news for good LL who would at last be able to jack up rents to realistic levels so suppressed by fraudulent tenancies.

    Bring on a National LL and property licensing scheme at say £100 per licence every 5 years I say!!

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