Cabinet has approved a bid to improve the private rented sector in Slough by agreeing a consultation for borough wide license for Homes in Multiple Occupation (HMO’s).
The number of HMO’s in Slough has continued to rise and now sits at 3,500 properties – with 32% of accommodation privately rented and 1 in 3 residents living in the private sector its vital we take steps to protect them.
There is a clear link between levels of ABS and numbers of HMOs. The steps taken by cabinet will not only improve the quality of conditions for private renters in Slough but also deal with the issues HMOs create in the wider locality.
Alongside the licensing scheme two additional safety measures were sent for consultation – one targeting smaller HMOs that are not covered in national legislation and the other a selective licensing scheme requiring all properties to single properties in Chalvey and Central to be licensed.
Mohammed Nazir Cabinet member for Housing said:
Typically HMO’s provide the lowest quality of accommodation for our residents and we want to take steps to up the standard in this growing sector. If you are landlord and you don’t hold a license you could be fined £30,000 so don’t leave it to the last minute to register.