Council to hold multiple home consultation event

A consultation drop-in event is being held in Scarborough over proposals to tighten 
licensing for houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).

Scarborough Borough Council is holding the event at St Andrew’s Church in Ramshill on Tuesday 22 January between 4pm and 7pm.

It follows growing concerns there could be a growth in HMOs in Scarborough over the next few years, with more properties used due to the welfare system overhaul.

The council’s Housing Strategy and Development Officer, John Burroughs, said: “At present the council has a statutory duty to license privately rented houses in multiple occupation which are of three or more storeys and have five or more occupiers sharing facilities – we are now considering extending licensing to include similar properties which are two or more storeys and occupied by three or more persons sharing facilities.”

The proposal to introduce the additional licensing will only apply to certain areas of Scarborough, where there are currently large numbers of HMOs licensed under the present arrangements.

However, the council is concerned that a significant number of smaller properties in these areas could also be operating as HMOs which are not currently licensed and not subject to the same rigorous assessments.

The consultation process runs until 5 February.