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

January 2018 NAG Open Meeting: Notes of Meeting Now Available

Notes of this meeting, held on Friday, 26 January 2018, are available to read and to download when you open this page.


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

Friends of Jubilee Campus Public Events 2018

Saturday 22 September 2018, 10.00 am to 12 noon, Sketching urban landscapes with Rachel Scanlon. Beginners' drawing session. Be inspired by the unique architecture of the Jubilee Campus to produce a number of urban sketches using drawing pencils and pens. Materials provided. Charge £10 per person, Booking required.

Nottingham City Council Consultation: Adult Social Care Strategy

Nottingham City Council is seeking views and feedback on its new draft strategy for adult social care in Nottingham. The consultation opened on 6 August 2018 and will end on 30 September 2018

'A Selection of Elections'

Friday 7 September 2018 to Sunday 2 December 2018. Votes, suffrage and reform. Nottingham University Weston Gallery Exhibition. Admission free. Also running alongside in the Djanogly Theatre are lunchtime talks relating to this subject on Thursday 27 September, Wednesday 24 October, and Wednesday 21 November, 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm. Admission free, but places limited so book your tickets in advance.

Nottingham Trent University MA & MSc Product Design Exhibition

Friday 28 September 2018 to Wednesday 3 October 2018, Old Chemistry Theatre, Newton & Arkwright Building. Explore the 2018 postgraduate exhibition of NTU's Product Design courses.


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): Ward Walks: Nottingham City Council restructuring is affecting the programme of ward walks. To try and avoid posting inaccurate information, details of future Dunkirk & Lenton Ward walks will be posted only as and when they become available. Ward Councillors' Surgeries: Lenton Centre, 6.30 pm second Tuesday of every month; Dunkirk Community Centre, 7.00 pm fourth Friday of every month.

Wollaton East & Lenton Abbey Ward (WELA): Ward Walks: Nottingham City Council restructuring is affecting the programme of ward walks. To try and avoid posting inaccurate information, details of future Wollaton East & Lenton Abbey Ward walks will be posted only as and when they become available.

WELA Councillors' Monthly Update: WELA_Councillors_Update_August_2018.pdf


NEWS DESK
 


NATIONAL NEWS

Hackney: Striking a Balance Between a Night-Time Economy and Protecting Residents

Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney, in the Guardian Friday on 27 July 2018 defended Hackney Council's new licensing policy which aims to support the nightlife at the heart of the borough's vibrancy, whilst protecting residents from revellers vomiting and urinating in the borough's residential streets.

Huddersfield Property Manager Jailed After Children Die in Fire at Rented House

BBC News, Leeds & West Yorkshire reported (Wednesday 18 July 2018) that a Huddersfield Property Manager has been jailed after two children died in a fire in a house he managed in Huddersfield in February 2016

 

NOTTINGHAM NEWS

'Housing Horror Stories Behind Selective Licensing'

On Friday 17 August 2018, Kit Sandeman, Local Democracy Reporter for the Nottingham Post, posted an article in which a Nottingham City Council environmental health expert described the horrific conditions he has seen people renting in Nottingham live in, and explained that, as part of selective licensing, he and his team would 'ruthlessly hunt' bad landlords.

Nottingham Landlord Found Guilty and Fined £1,750

On Friday 27 July 2018, Nottingham Magistrates' Court found Shafaqat Ali Sadiq, of Vicarage Avenue, Derby, a Sneinton landlord, guilty of aggressive practices, failing to protect a tenancy deposit, and operating a House in Multiple Occupation without a licence.

 

NEIGHBOURHOOD NEWS

Great Places Commission Visit to Lenton

As part of its fact finding, the Great Places Commission's visit to the East Midlands included Lenton Green, the Nottingham City Homes redevelopment of the Lenton high rise flats site.

Landlord of Wollaton Hall Drive HMO Fined & Faces Jail After Court Hearing

Writing in the Nottingham Post (Friday 6 July 2018) Rod Malcolm reported that Rehaan Rashid of Kilburn Close, Beeston, who threatened to wreck the future careers of student tenants who raised concerns about their accommodation, must pay almost £35,000 and could face jail after he pleaded guilty to harassment and breaches of the Housing Act.


UNIVERSITY CORNER
 

NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY

Community Statistics & Response Rates

At the meeting facilitated by the NAG on 26 January 2018, Nottingham Trent University presented its community statistics and response rates for the period from September 2017 to 26 January 2018. The university will be providing up-dated community statistics and response rates for each term of the academic year.

 April_2018_to_June_2018.pdf

January_2018_to_April_2018.pdf

 September 2017 to January 2018

A summary of Nottingham Trent University's community statistics for the academic year 2017 to 2018 is now available and can be downloaded:

NTU_Community_Statistics_2017_to_2018.pdf

Nottingham Trent's 'Moving Into the Community' information portal can be accessed here:

 http://browzer.co.uk/u/ntu/preview/77


NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY

Community Newsletter

Community Newsletter-Summer18

University Events Open to Everyone

https://www.nottingham.acuk/manuscriptsandspecialcollections/exhibitions/selectionofelections.aspx 


NOTTINGHAM CITY COUNCIL LOCAL PLAN
 

 
Nottingham City  Council’s Local Plan has been submitted to the Secretary of State. The Independent Examination of the Local Plan is likely to take place in September 2018. An inspector, Inspector Beverley Doward, has been appointed in that role, and administration of the procedure will be undertaken by the Programme Officer who is independent of the Council and will work directly with the Inspector. Any queries regarding the examination process should be directed to her:
 
Mrs. Jayne Knight,
c/o Planning Policy & Research Team, Loxley House, Station Street, Nottingham NG2 3NG
Tel: 876 4063
 
Information about the process, including hearing dates, documentations, etc. will be published as and when it becomes available. For updates and to see the LAPP visit: www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/examination.
 
The Planning Inspectorate has produced a document to explain the process for examining Local Plans, which is available via the following link:


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.