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Multiple Occupation

Volume 490: debated on Friday 27 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have (a) applied for, (b) been granted and (c) been refused (i) additional and (ii) selective houses in multiple occupation licensing powers. (266744)

One local authority, Peterborough city council, has been granted approval to operate an additional licensing scheme for houses in multiple occupation under the Housing Act 2004. The Department is currently considering applications for additional licensing schemes from Oxford city council, London borough of Hounslow and Breckland district council.

The following local authorities have been granted approval to operate selective licensing schemes for privately rented property under the Housing Act 2004:

Salford City Council

Middlesbrough Borough Council

Manchester City Council (Three Schemes)

Gateshead Borough Council

Sedgefield Borough Council

Burnley Borough Council

Bolton Borough Council

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council (Two Schemes)

Easington District Council

Hartlepool Borough Council

The Department is currently considering further applications for selective licensing schemes from Salford city council and Manchester city council.

We invite local authorities to work with CLG officials in the development of their proposals so that the applications when submitted are consistent with published criteria. This has meant that the Secretary of State has not refused any applications.