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FOI 11284

HMO

Request



1. How many HMOs do you perceive there to be in your local authority?

a. Number requiring mandatory licencing

b. Total HMOs in the area

2. The Census 2011 identified that 1000 households (of which 5 are students) are living in HMOs in Brentwood (please note this is the number of households rather than number of properties). Is this reflective of the current perception in the council as to the number of HMOs in the borough?

3. How many dedicated officers does the borough have that deal with licencing, enforcement and management of HMOs? If none, which role is responsible and what % of their role is spent on HMOs?

4. Would you consider the current level of resources to be sufficient?

5. In the management of HMOs, approximately what % of time is spent on the following?

a. Licencing

b. Enforcement

c. Inspection

d. Identifying HMOs

6. How many inspections are completed on average each month?

7. How are HMOs typically identified e.g. referrals from local residents?

8. Is any proactive action taken in identifying HMOs e.g. liaising with landlords, educational institutions?

9. Do you perceive there to be more HMOs in the borough than currently identified and to what extent e.g. significantly more?

10. Do you perceive the number of HMOs to be growing?

11. Do you perceive standards in HMOs to be improving, staying the same or getting worse?

12. What data collection and measurement do you have in place to monitor the management of HMOs?

13. Do you have an additional licencing scheme?

14. If yes, has this improved the management or identification of HMOs?

15. Are you taking any proactive action to increase the number of HMOs in the local authority area?

16. Have you reviewed your strategy to HMOs in response to increasing numbers?

Response

1. How many HMOs do you perceive there to be in your local authority?
2-300

a. Number requiring mandatory licencing
21 Licensed, possible 25 total

b. Total HMOs in the area
2-300

2. The Census 2011 identified that 1000 households (of which 5 are students) are living in HMOs in Brentwood (please note this is the number of households rather than number of properties). Is this reflective of the current perception in the council as to the number of HMOs in the borough?
Yes

3. How many dedicated officers does the borough have that deal with licencing, enforcement and management of HMOs? If none, which role is responsible and what % of their role is spent on HMOs?
None
4 district EHOs, approx 5% on HMOs

4. Would you consider the current level of resources to be sufficient?
No

5. In the management of HMOs, approximately what % of time is spent on the following?

a. Licencing 10%

b. Enforcement 5%

c. Inspection 80%

d. Identifying HMOs 5%

6. How many inspections are completed on average each month?
1-2

7. How are HMOs typically identified e.g. referrals from local residents?
Complaints.

8. Is any proactive action taken in identifying HMOs e.g. liaising with landlords, educational institutions?
Landlord Forum, employed officer to identify HMOs.

9. Do you perceive there to be more HMOs in the borough than currently identified and to what extent e.g. significantly more?
Yes, slightly

10. Do you perceive the number of HMOs to be growing?
Not at present.

11. Do you perceive standards in HMOs to be improving, staying the same or getting worse?
Generally staying the same.

12. What data collection and measurement do you have in place to monitor the management of HMOs?
None

13. Do you have an additional licencing scheme?
No

14. If yes, has this improved the management or identification of HMOs?
N/A

15. Are you taking any proactive action to increase the number of HMOs in the local authority area?
No

16. Have you reviewed your strategy to HMOs in response to increasing numbers?
No.