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Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities require private sector landlords to register with them as a condition of renting properties. (96168)

There is not, nor has there ever been, a statutory requirement or power for local authorities to require all private landlords to register with them in order to rent out properties. The legislation under which authorities could require private landlords who operated houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) to register their properties with them has been replaced by the licensing provisions of the Housing Act 2004. These include requirements for mandatory licensing and transitional provisions for existing HMO registration schemes.