Cannock Chase Council’s Cabinet have approved the adoption of a revised Guide to Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Standards.
The previous standards were published in 2015, so it was necessary to refresh them to reflect the changes in local housing conditions and ensure that residents in Cannock Chase have access to a safe, warm and healthy home, in line with the Council’s key objectives.
A HMO is a dwelling which houses three or more tenants, who form two or more households and who share facilities such as a bathroom, toilet or kitchen. HMOs with more than five occupants require a licence from the Council. There are currently 25 licences issued for HMOs in Cannock Chase.
The revised Standards give advice to landlords, letting agents and tenants on a range of matters, including space requirements, required amenities and fire safety. Although there is no requirement for the landlords of HMOs to contact the Council for advice unless they need a licence, the Standards give guidance on how to provide quality housing.
Councillor Adrienne Fitzgerald, Portfolio Leader for Housing, Heritage and Lesiure said “I am pleased that the Council have adopted these Standards. The private rented sector has grown significantly and tenant demand is high. By adopting the Standards we can take a more proactive approach in the quality of the private rented offer in the District.”