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Walsall Cabinet approves Additional Licensing Scheme for HMOS Houses of Multiple Occupation

Walsall Cabinet approves Additional Licensing Scheme for HMOS Houses of Multiple Occupation
Published on 22 October 2021 Print

Walsall Cabinet has approved an Additional Licensing Scheme for Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs) following an extensive 15 week consultation which took place earlier this year.  The proposed Licensing Scheme which went to Cabinet on 20 October will help improve the standard and management of private rented houses in multiple occupation (HMO) in key parts of the borough.

Findings from the consultation showed that public support for the scheme was high.   Now approved, it means that Additional Licensing will open for applications on 01 March 2022 and cover all HMOs, which are not already licensed in the wards of Palfrey, St Matthews, Paddock and Pleck.

Councillor Adrian Andrew Deputy Leader of Walsall Council said: “We want to improve housing standards and make sure that landlords provide good HMOs and maintain them well. Whilst we know that many already do this, there are still too many examples of shoddy properties in the borough that are poorly managed - are unsafe and in unsatisfactory conditions.  

“A new approach was needed and this additional licensing scheme is a good way forward.”

“Overall, support for the Additional Licensing scheme is very strong.  73% of respondents to the consultation questionnaire fully support the proposals for Additional Licensing with a further 10% who partially support it.”

Notes to editors:

  • The full cabinet report and strategy can be found on Committee Meeting Information System (CMIS)
  • Poor housing contributes to the complex links between living conditions, deprivation and health problems.
  • Poorly managed HMOs can also lead to fly-tipping / waste accumulations and consequent clean-up costs for local authorities.
  • The proposed scheme aims to improve standards in those HMOs that have less than five people living there and a 15 week consultation from 22 February 2021 to and 6 June 2021 indicates plans are supported by local residents and businesses.