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Action promised on Houses in Multiple Occupation

This press release was published under the 2011 - 2016 Welsh government

Minister for Natural Resources, Carl Sargeant has today welcomed the publication of an independent report into the effect Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) can have on communities.
Tuesday 05 May 2015

HMOs make an important contribution to the private rented sector by catering for the housing needs of certain groups and fulfil a specific need by providing accommodation for individuals who cannot afford to purchase properties or rent larger accommodation.

Concentrations of HMOs can lead to substantial changes to community dynamics in particular locations as the social infrastructure of a neighbourhood can change, and this report, commissioned by the Welsh Government, examines the nature of the problems caused and suggests potential solutions.

He said,

“I am aware of the concern that proliferation of HMOs can have for our communities, which is why I felt it important to look into this issue further.

“The report shows there is a clear need to take action to ensure the continued confidence of residents in areas with large numbers of HMOs, while also ensuring we protect the rights of those people residing in them.”

The report, commissioned by the Minister for Natural Resources, who has responsibility for the planning system, and carried out by an experienced team from Opinion Research Services (ORS), working in conjunction with Lavender and Wilson, examined the extent of concentrations of HMOs in Wales and the issues associated with them.

It also reviewed existing legislation and considered best practice in both Welsh and other local authorities and made recommendations in respect of both local authority practice and potential changes to the regulatory framework.

The Minister said,

“I am grateful to the report’s authors for their hard work, and the work of the steering group involved, and will now consider its recommendations in more detail and how we can use them to take action to improve our communities.

There are some interesting suggestions to minimise any negative effects associated with the concentrations of HMOs and I will be working with my Cabinet colleagues to consider all the recommendations. In the meantime I will be looking to develop the recommendations that fall within my portfolio, particularly relating to the planning system, to ensure we are doing all we can to protect the right of renters, while supporting and protecting our communities.”



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