Houses in Multiple Occupation

Part of Office of the Deputy Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 14th May 2003.

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Photo of Chris Leslie Chris Leslie Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) 11:30 am, 14th May 2003

I hear what my hon. Friend says about council tax. We do not want students to be liable for council tax. In connection with quality of housing, it is precisely because so many students live in substandard housing that we want to extend the definition of HMO to cover student housing, and to allow for the licensing of student landlords in certain circumstances. However, my hon. Friend will be aware that the Conservative party has devised a novel solution to the problem of poor student housing—it is going to cut the number of students.