The RLA has submitted an objection to London Borough of Camden’s – Proposed Additional Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Licensing Scheme for all Wards.
Camden Council is currently considering responses to their consultation that could see additional HMO licensing introduced in all wards in the borough.
The Council has proposed the designation based on the suggestion that there are certain problems which relate to the supposed poor condition of HMOs such as waste and refuse issues, poor appearance of gardens and poor external appearance of properties. The RLA submitted a response outlining a number of reasons why additional licensing is an ineffective way to tackle some of the problems that the Council are claiming are caused by HMOs.
Above all we have told the Council that we believe that on the evidence provided that such a borough wide scheme would be unjustified and unlawful. We have suggested the Council looks at the alternatives on a voluntary basis, working with all stakeholders, including local residents on an area by area basis to tackle some of the environmental and behaviour problems that they mention.