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Royal Borough of Greenwich council’s licensing scheme for Houses in Multiple Occupation to be extended

The Royal Borough of Greenwich’s Cabinet has approved an extension of the Council’s licensing scheme for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs).

HMOs providing accommodation over three storeys or more to at least five residents already require a license but the new policy will the licensing scheme expanded to cover all HMOs in the borough from 1 October 2017. 


An extensive public consultation was carried out and approximately 80% of residents and tenants who responded were in favour of the changes.


The extended scheme will help to drive up accommodation standards and improve the management of HMOs says the council.


Cabinet member for community safety and environment Councillor Jackie Smith said: “This extension of licensing Houses in Multiple Occupation delivers on so many fronts – it will help us root out rogue landlords renting out sub-standard and often unsafe accommodation to their tenants. It will aid our targeting of overcrowded HMOs and the waste challenges that come with them such as overflowing bins and fly-tipping. 


“This licensing extension also strengthens our resolve in challenging the minority of landlords imposing unacceptable tenancy agreements and conditions on renters often leading to the exploitation of minority groups abd vulnerable tenants.”  



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