A LIB DEM activist is calling for action on what he sees as a loophole.
involving houses of multiple occupation.
The plea has come from former College ward councillor David Mead who
has long campaigned about the proliferation of houses of multiple
occupation (HMOs) in the neighbourhood.
Mr Mead argues that HMOs can legally have up to six residents who are
not related if there is a single tenancy agreement.
"This means that if planning permission is refused for an HMO, it can
still legally continue as one if the landlord arranges for the tenants
to have a single agreement, provided there are no more than six
occupiers," says Mr Mead.
He believes the government should act to close the loophole.
He points out that housing legislation, which is separate from
planning, still requires a property to conform to safety requirements.