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FOI 8498

HMO Inspections

Request

I would like to know for 2013-14 (the whole year, or as much of it as you have information for) and the five preceding financial years:

1) How many inspections there were by carried out by this council of houses in multiple occupation

2) How many investigations there were into suspected breaches of the rules regarding houses of multiple occupation

3) How many prosecutions there were for owning a house in multiple occupation that is unlicensed; and how many of these were successful

4) How many prosecutions there were for permitting more than an agreed number of people or households to live in a property; and how many of these were successful

5) How many prosecutions there were for breach of any of the conditions there were attached to a licence for a house of multiple occupation; and how many of these were successful

6) How many out-of-court disposals/civil sanctions there were for the breaches in Qs 3-5 above.

Response

With reference to your request made under the Freedom Of Information Act I can advise as follows:

I would like to know for 2013-14 (the whole year, or as much of it as you have information for) and the five preceding financial years:

1) How many inspections there were by carried out by this council of houses in multiple occupation

2013/14 5
2012/13 186
2011/12 8
2010/11 5
2009/10 6
2008/9 10

Please note the additional numbers for 2012/13 were as a result of inspections to determine whether any licensable HMOs were in the Borough and to improve our knowledge of locations of other HMOs – this is a total for the visits made during this project and does not necessarily indicate numbers of actual HMOs visited. The other figures are for routine inspections of licensed HMOs in the Borough per year.

2) How many investigations there were into suspected breaches of the rules regarding houses of multiple occupation

None

3) How many prosecutions there were for owning a house in multiple occupation that is unlicensed; and how many of these were successful

None

4) How many prosecutions there were for permitting more than an agreed number of people or households to live in a property; and how many of these were successful

None

5) How many prosecutions there were for breach of any of the conditions there were attached to a licence for a house of multiple occupation; and how many of these were successful

None

6) How many out-of-court disposals/civil sanctions there were for the breaches in Qs 3-5 above

None