The HMO regulations and mandatory licensing was introduced a few years ago now (April 2006) so Councils have had a while to get used to it. It looks like we are beginning to see more Local Authorities applying for extra licensing, for example the HMO licensing in Cathays Ward in Cardiff which I posted on last month.
Is this your experience? And if so, do you think that this is really going to solve the problem? Do you think that Council’s already have enough powers under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS), and that the problem is really more one of Councils not having enough manpower? Or do you think that extending the licensing regime is essential, because it means that the bad landlords don’t get away with it, as all landlords have to be inspected?
I would be interested to hear your views.