One of the main aims of additional licensing is to protect private rented tenants of HMOs from poorly managed and maintained properties, this will give you reassurance that the HMO properties in your area are being maintained and managed correctly. We can also refuse to license a landlord who is not considered a “fit and proper” person to manage an HMO. If this is decided, then an appropriate alternative manager must be appointed, or the city council can consider taking over the management of an HMO through a Management Order until an alternative person can be appointed to manage the property.
The quality of life for tenants, and the impacts of those who live in HMOs on those around them, are issues that were explored in a recent city-wide survey. The survey strongly suggests that HMOs impact upon residents in a number of ways, such as increased parking issues, waste management, noise and anti-social behaviour. These issues can be complex, although various council services work together to react to, and resolve, them where possible. However additional licensing will not directly address these issues. Licensing also cannot control the number or location of HMOs in the city, or stop an HMO from operating.