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NOTTINGHAM ACTION GROUP ON HOUSES IN MULTIPLE OCCUPATION
WHO ♦ WHAT ♦ WHY ♦ HOW?
[Arthur O’Shaughnessy, Poems of Arthur O’Shaughnessy]
We are residents living in neighbourhoods from across a large part of the City of Nottingham (Sherwood, The Arboretum, Hyson Green, Radford, The Park, Lenton, Dunkirk, The Meadows, Wollaton Park, Wollaton, Lenton Abbey), and also in Beeston and West Bridgford.
Although our neighbourhoods are as different from one another as we are, what they have in common are the problems caused by increasing concentrations of so-called 'Houses in Multiple Occupation' (HMOs) - shared houses with absentee landlords and short-term, highly transient tenants.
What we have in common is the feeling that as individual residents we run the risk of having little or no say in what primarily local and national government, our higher education establishments, developers, investors, and others are planning and doing, even though their decisions directly affect us and the future of the neighbourhoods in which we live. As individuals we feel we have little or no voice. However, we believe that coming together as a group gives us a voice.
In February 2004, we did get together and formed the Nottingham Action Group on HMOs – the NAG – not a nice name, but appropriate. What has been happening to our neighbourhoods is not nice for those who live in them, or for their futures, and we are ready to nag and keep on nagging to get things done.
Whilst we cannot change what has happened, perhaps we too can become not just the 'dreamers of dreams' but also the 'movers and shakers', and, by influencing what may be going to happen, so help shape the future of our neighbourhoods.
For the NAG that future needs to be neighbourhoods that are resilient, balanced and sustainable, and where people feel happy to put down roots and contribute to the future of the City of Nottingham as a whole. In other words:
‘... places where people want to live and work and learn, now and in the future. ...'
WHAT IS A HOUSE IN MULTIPLE OCCUPATION (HMO)?
An HMO is often also known as a 'shared house'. Put as simply as possible, an HMO is a building, or part of a building, occupied as a main residence by more than one household where a 'household' can be one person or several people provided that they are related to one another. So, for example, a home is probably an HMO if
•three or more unrelated people live there as at least two separate households, and
•the people living there share the same amenities such as a kitchen and/or bathroom.
For more information about HMOs and about legislation relating to HMOs, we suggest you take a look at these websites:
Also, Nottingham City Council publish a regularly up-dated Register of Licensed HMOs, which can be downloaded from the 'Downloads' section at:
If you want advice or help relating to the condition and management of your privately rented property
Telephone: 0115 915-2020 (Option 4)
Write to: Environmental Health, Community Protection, Nottingham City Council, Loxley House,
Station Street, Nottingham NG2 3NG
For information about the consultation on proposals for selective licensing of the private rented sector in Nottingham and to make your comments on them visit:
FOR YOUR DIARY
NAG MEETINGS & EVENTS
NOTTINGHAM: MEETINGS, EXHIBITIONS, CONSULTATIONS & EVENTS
NEIGHBOURHOOD: PARLIAMENTARY CONSTITUENCY ADVICE,
WARD MEETINGS, WARD WALKS & WARD EVENTS
Dunkirk & Lenton Ward (D&L): Community Meeting, Tuesday 4 April 2017, 5.30 pm, Lenton Centre. Ward Walk, Wednesday 5 April 2017, 9.45 am to 11.00 am, Dunkirk & Abbey Bridge, meet outside the Dunkirk Community Centre. Ward Walk, Wednesday 3 May 2017, 9.45 am to 11.00 am, Lenton Boulevard and surrounding area, meet at the Lenton Centre.
Wollaton East & Lenton Abbey Ward (WELA): Ward Walk, Thursday 23 March 2017, 10.00 am to 11.00 am, north half of Middleton Boulevard, Wollaton Park Estate, meet outside the Co-op on Crown Island. Ward Walk, Thursday 27 April 2017, 10.00 am to 11.00 am, Tenants Hall Close, Baslow Drive, Southern end of Woodside Road (85) Lenton Abbey. meet at Tenants Hall Close. HMO Ward Walk, Thursday 25 May 2017 10.00 am to 11.00 am, varous streets in the Wollaton Park Estate, meet outside the Co-op on Crown Island.
You can view all planning applications by visiting the Planning Applications section of Nottingham City Council's website:
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS & DISCLAIMER
The Nottingham Action Group on HMOs wishes to thank: Nottingham City Council for funding support; everyone whose contributions (photographs, ideas, articles, work) form part of this website; and Magneto Technologies Ltd (http://magnetoweb.com) for the expertise which has enabled us to set up and maintain this website.
Last, but by no means least, we also thank our neighbours in the National HMO Lobby for their continuing help and support.
The views and opinions expressed in contributions to this website do not necessarily reflect those of the Nottingham Action Group on HMOs, its committee, or its wider membership.
Whilst endeavouring to ensure that reports are accurate, from time to time mistakes may occur. If you feel this is the case, please contact the Nottingham Action Group on HMOs. Information on how to do so is available on the 'Contact Us' page of this website.