Welcome to the Website
of the
NOTTINGHAM ACTION GROUP ON HOUSES IN MULTIPLE OCCUPATION
 

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THE NAG
WHO ♦ WHAT ♦ WHY ♦ HOW?
 


“We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams, ...
... Yet we are the movers and shakers,
Of the world forever, it seems.”

[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:

http://www.hmolobby.org.uk

http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/HMO 

Also, Nottingham City Council publish a regularly up-dated Register of Licensed HMOs, which can be downloaded by following the links in: 

http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/housing/private-sector-housing/houses-in-multiple-occupation-hmo/licensing-of-houses-in-multiple-occupation/


REPORT A ROGUE LANDLORD

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If you want advice or help relating to the condition and management of your privately rented property

Visit:
www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/article/29046/Report-a-rogue-landlord-or-problem-with-your-private-rented-property
E-Mail: environmental.health@nottinghamcity.gov.uk
Telephone: 0115 915-2020 (Option 4)
Write to: Environmental Health, Community Protection, Nottingham City Council, Loxley House,
Station Street, Nottingham NG2 3NG


FOR YOUR DIARY
 

NAG MEETINGS & EVENTS

Planning and You: Notes from the NAG Open Meeting

A summary of information relating to planning and HMOs presented at the NAG's meeting on Wednesday 24 May 2017.


NATIONAL, NOTTINGHAM & NEIGHBOURHOOD: MEETINGS, EXHIBITIONS, CONSULTATIONS & EVENTS

Final Consultation: Local Government Boundary Commission Proposals for Ward Boundaries

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its draft recommendation for new ward boundaries/electoral arrangements for Nottingham City Council. It is consulting on these from 31 October 2017 to 15 January 2018. Everyone is encouraged to use this opportunity to contribute to the design of the new wards.


NEIGHBOURHOOD: PARLIAMENTARY CONSTITUENCY ADVICE,
WARD MEETINGS, WARD WALKS & WARD EVENTS

Nottingham East Constituency: Contact information for Chris Leslie MP.
Nottingham South ConstituencyContact and constituency advice surgery information for Lilian Greenwood MP.

Dunkirk & Lenton Ward (D&L)

Wollaton East & Lenton Abbey Ward (WELA): Ward Walk, Thursday 14 December 2017, 10.00 am to 11.00 am, south half of Manton Crescent and Manton Crescent Allotments, Arden Close, Lenton Abbey, meet south corner of Manton Crescent and Woodside Road.


NEWS DESK
 

NATIONAL NEWS

First-Time Buyers Encouraged into Buy-to-Let

Sam Meadows, writing in the Telegraph on 13 December 2017, reported that Barclays Bank has become the latest major lender to allow first-time buyers to borrow money to buy a property to let rather than to live in.

Multiple Home Ownership Sees 30% Increase

Brian Milligan, Personal Finance Reporter, reported on the BBC website (Friday 18 August 2017) on research by the Resolution Foundation showing that the number of multiple home owners grew by 30% between 2002 and 2004 with as many as 5.2 million UK adults owning a second home. That figure includes buy-to-let landlords who are counted as one owner even if they have multiple properties.

Council Tax Exemptions

Freedom of Information requests asking various councils for the number of student occupied properties exempt from paying Council Tax and the monetary value of these exemptions for the past seven years have been published.

 

NOTTINGHAM NEWS

Nottingham Introduces City-Wide £70 Fine for Street Drinkers

New Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs), which came into force on Friday 20 October 2017, have given Nottingham's CPOs powers to deal with street drinkers.

Student House Parties Cause 'Major Disruption' to Lenton Residents

On Monday 16 October/Tuesday 17 October 2017 the Nottingham Post's Sarah Bryan and Jamie Barlow reported on anti-social behaviour by students in Lenton at the week-end. Complaints from residents about excessive noise resulted in CPOs being sent to 'multiple' locations. The Police are investigating a report of criminal damage.

Nottingham City Council Can Tackle Rogue Landlords More Easily

ITV reported on 23 August 2017 that changes to the Housing and Planning Act 2016 mean that it will now be easier for Nottingham City Council and other Local Authorities to tackle poor housing conditions in the private rented sector.

Student Homes in Nottingham on the Increase

An article in the Nottingham Post (Saturday 19 August 2017) with the headline 'One in 12 Homes Classed As Student Accommodation in Nottingham' highlights a 33% increase in student properties in the city between 2010 and 2016, and reports views about the benefits (and otherwise) to the city.

 

NEIGHBOURHOOD NEWS

Developer Loses Appeal to Build Student Accommodation on Red Cross Site, Lenton

When Nottingham City Council rejected an application to build student accommodation on the former Red Cross site, the developer appealed to the Planning Inspectorate. The Inspectorate has rejected the appeal.

Arboretum Residents' Lives Affected by Student House Parties

Hannah Mitchell, writing in the Nottingham Post (Friday 3 November 2017) reported the Arboretum Residents and Tenants' Association has complained about house parties and their effect on the lives of local families.

Police Appeal for Information after Stabbing Incident in Albert Grove

A 19-year-old man, believed to be a Nottingham University student, was stabbed on Wednesday 1 November 2017 on Albert Grove and remains in a critical condition at the QMC. The Police are appealing for witnesses and any information.

Plans for Helipad at QMC Postponed

Plans for a £3.2m helipad in the grounds of the QMC have been put on hold while the Trust develops plans to build a new urgent and emergency care centre at the QMC.

Hundreds of Warnings Issued Over Noisy Student Parties

Under the headline 'Nottingham students warned over "atrocious" parties' the BBC has reported that 300 warnings have been issued to students because of noisy parties by the City Council already this year compared to 216 for the whole of last year.


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.