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Sexual Offences: Multiple Occupation

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to counter violence and sexual assault in mixed houses when in the context of multi-occupancy housing in areas with large migrant worker populations. (188173)

The Government have introduced the mandatory licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) of three or more storeys, housing five or more persons who form two or more households. Landlords of licensable HMOs must be identified as being “fit and proper” persons.

Local housing authorities must have regard to any previous convictions relating to violence, sexual offences, drugs, fraud, housing and landlord and tenant offences, before licences can be issued. Landlords may also seek possession of a property if a tenant is in beach of their tenancy agreement, or has been guilty of unlawful conduct.