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NORTH NORTHAMPTONSHIRE COUNCIL HOUSES IN MULTIPLE OCCUPATION (HMOS) CONSULTATION SURVEY

I am writing to inform you that North Northamptonshire Council has published an online consultation survey relating to Houses in Multiple Occupation, or ‘HMOs’ as they are commonly referred to.

The Council is gathering information to develop our understanding of the market and demand for HMOs in North Northamptonshire and the associated issues tenants, landlords and those living or working near HMOs experience.

The online consultation survey consisting of thirteen questions is available on the Council’s website at the Consultation Hub: https://northnorthants.citizenspace.com/property-services/houses-in-multiple-occupation. Completing the survey should take no more than around 5 to 10 minutes, depending on how much extra comment you would like to add.

The first part of the survey will provide evidence on demand and needs for HMOs and seeks views on the conditions of the HMOs.

The second part of the survey will help us to understand some of the most common complaints associated with HMOs and who they are being reported to and offers the opportunity for general comments.

The third part of the survey will help us to understand if there are any HMOs within your area that we are not already aware of, please see the Council’s interactive map: Houses In Multiple Occupation (arcgis.com) showing all licensed HMOs. Any new reported HMOs will be investigated and determined if they meet the HMO criteria and whether they are licensed or not. This will help to give us a fuller picture of the private sector housing market relating to HMOs.

Feedback from the survey and other evidence will inform our investigation and subsequent recommendations for policy and service changes to ensure the highest standards of licensing and strong governance of HMOs in North Northamptonshire.

It is vitally important that we capture the views of tenants, landlords and those living or working near HMOs so that our recommendations are shaped by real experiences, therefore we encourage you to respond before the deadline of Friday 9 September 2022 and request that you forward details of the survey to people that may be interested.