Haringey Council in London are proposing an Additional Licensing scheme for HMOs in the Tottenham area.
The proposals are being touted as a way of dealing with overcrowding, housing standards, and most pertinently to the council press release: transient tenants.
HMO accommodation can provide those who cannot afford full rents to find suitable accommodation and with the most recent benefit cap numbers released, the need for more of this form of accommodation may be crucial to a great many tenants.
Additional licensing is used to restrict the number of HMOs in a specific area.
However, Haringey cite the condition of many of the HMO properties as failing to meet legislative standards. As such, Haringey are consulting on the matter through legislative requirement.
An RLA member has brought this consultation to our attention, but warns that the consultation questionnaire itself can be misleading so landlords are advised to take care in their responses when answering the consultation.
The RLA will monitor the situation and be sure to let relevant stakeholders the outcome of the situation and how they can best respond to current and forthcoming consultations.