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Multiple Occupation: Licensing

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate her Department has made of (a) the number of houses in multiple occupation licensed in each local authority area under mandatory licensing provisions of the Housing Act 2004 and (b) the proportion of eligible properties this number represents. (236072)

The numbers of HMO licences issued by each local authority under the provisions of the Housing Act 2004 and reported to the Government by 12 November 2008, together with the numbers of applications and of licenses refused, have been placed in the Library.

The proportion of licensable HMOs that have been licensed is not available centrally.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many applications have been received from local authorities to introduce additional licensing schemes for houses in multiple occupation; and how many such applications have been granted. (236213)

The Department has received formal applications from Oxford city council and Breckland borough council for additional HMO licensing schemes, and officials are working with both authorities in order to progress their applications in the context of the guidance published by the Department. There have currently been no departmental approvals for additional HMO licensing schemes.