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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 appropriate link in this page: http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/HMO. Scroll to the 'Downloads' section and the register is the last item on the list.
COMPLAINTS ABOUT LICENSED HMOs
Complaints about licensed HMOs can be made directly by e-mailing:
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 YOUR DIARY
NAG MEETINGS & EVENTS
February 2019 Unipol-NAG (U-NAG) Open Meeting: 'Current Trends & Future Developments in the Student Housing Market'
NATIONAL, NOTTINGHAM & NEIGHBOURHOOD: MEETINGS, EXHIBITIONS, CONSULTATIONS & EVENTS
NEIGHBOURHOOD: PARLIAMENTARY CONSTITUENCY ADVICE,
WARD MEETINGS, WARD WALKS & WARD EVENTS
Nottingham East Constituency: Contact information for Chris Leslie MP.
Nottingham South Constituency: Contact and constituency advice surgery information for Lilian Greenwood MP.
Lenton & Wollaton East Ward: Contact details for ward councillors, location and times of ward surgeries, ward walks, neighbourhood events ...
NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY
Community Statistics & Response Rates
A summary of Nottingham Trent University's community statistics for the academic year 2017 to 2018 is now available and can be downloaded here:
Nottingham Trent's 'Moving Into the Community' information portal can be accessed here:
For information about University Park and Jubilee Campus Park events, and guides to gardens, trees, etc. visit:
Requiem for a Glacier
Whether it’s pressing home matters (In my case, running maintenance and repairs on a home and garden approaching their 100th birthday.); or the likely impact of the proposal by Unite to bring another 600+ students into a neighbourhood already dominated by students (Unite Release Plans to Build New 620 Bed Student Accommodation on Derby Road) and what, if anything, can be done about it; or the seemingly never-ending political chaos in this (dis) United Kingdom; or the potential for more than enough confrontations in the wider world to add to that chaos, it's far too easy to dismiss climate change as another example of ‘false news’, or for it to be something so remote and so complex that it slips under the radar.
Personally, I don’t dismiss the impact the human species is having on this planet as false news, but, unless as happened earlier today when I came across a BBC news story by Toby Luckhurst (Sunday 18 August 2019), I tend to let the whole problem slip into the same mental compartment where I file all those matters which are either truly insoluble or which I just feel helpless to even begin to deal with.
The story is titled ‘Iceland’s Okjukull glacier commemorated with plaque’ and it explains that after some 700 years, the Okjukull Glacier in Iceland has been reduced to a small patch of ice on top of a volcano. It is no longer thick enough to move and was officially declared dead in 2014. The commemorative plaque reads:
Ok is the first Icelandic glacier to lose its status as glacier.
"In the next 200 years all our main glaciers are expected to follow the same path. This monument is to acknowledge that we know what is happening and what needs to be done.
Only you know if we did it.”
It is dated August 2019, and gives the concentration of carbon dioxide in the air as 415 ppm.
There is nothing I want to add to this other than to say that this link will take you to Toby Luckhurst's article.
Please read it.
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 we endeavour 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.