Private Rented Sector

Part of Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 1:50 pm on 25th June 2014.

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Photo of Lilian Greenwood Lilian Greenwood Shadow Minister (Transport) 1:50 pm, 25th June 2014

Like me, the hon. Gentleman represents a university city with a great number of HMOs. Does he share my concern that the definition of HMO—that it has to have at least five rooms and more than three storeys—means that many properties are not licensed? The standards in many of them are very poor, and that is precisely why councils such as Nottingham City council have introduced additional licensing schemes that cover a wider range of HMOs than those covered by the basic legislation.