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Ten weeks of consultation on the licensing of houses in multiple occupation comes to an end next week.

Portsmouth City Council currently operates a mandatory licensing scheme for about 1,200 houses in multiple occupation which are shared by five or more tenants.

This sets conditions we expect landlords to meet when renting properties, covering aspects of home safety and standards of accommodation.

The council is now considering extending this licensing scheme to all HMOs in the city which have three or four tenants, potentially another 4,800 properties.

The aim would be to ensure good property management and living standards for tenants.

The original consultation end date of July 31 has been extended by two days due to our consultation webpage being unavailable overnight on Monday last week.

To read more about the proposed policy, visit where there is a questionnaire to provide responses to the consultation.

We are eager to hear the views of current landlords, tenants and residents of neighbourhoods containing HMOs.