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Multiple Occupation: Licensing

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 30 January 2008, Official Report, column 446W, on multiple occupation: licensing, if she will place in the Library a copy of each piece of written guidance on best practice produced by the Local Authorities Co-ordinators of Regulatory Services in support of mandatory licensing of houses in multiple occupation. (244433)

Copies of each piece of written guidance on best practice produced by the Local Authorities Co-ordinators of Regulatory Services (LACORs) in support of mandatory licensing of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) are available from

www.lacors.gov.uk

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 30 January 2008, Official Report, column 446W, on multiple occupation: licensing, if she will place in the Library a copy of the advice and guidance on best practice in relation to regulation of private sector landlords to which the answer refers. (244819)

Copies of each piece of written advice and guidance on best practice produced by the Local Authorities Co-ordinators of Regulatory Services (LACORs) in relation to regulation of private sector landlords are available from

www.lacors.gov.uk.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to her answer of 28 January 2008, Official Report, column 119W, on multiple occupation: licensing, for what reasons her Department has no plans to establish a central record of offences committed under mandatory licensing of houses in multiple occupation. (245009)

Implementation of the houses in multiple occupation (HMO) licensing provisions, including enforcement action, is conducted at a local level. Local authorities are under a statutory duty to prosecute those landlords that do not comply with the legislation, and therefore there is no formal role for central Government in this process.