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 from the 'Downloads' section at:

http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/environmental-health-and-safer-housing/private-sector-housing/houses-in-multiple-occupation-hmos/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 2017 NAG-Hosted Open Meeting

Wednesday, 25 January 2017, 6.30 pm in the St. Mary's Church Hall, Wollaton Hall Drive, Wollaton Park. 'Budget Consultation - Your City Your Services', a consultation on the Nottingham City Council Budget for 2017-2018

March 2017 U-NAG (Unipol-NAG) Open Meeting

Wednesday 22 March 2017, 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm in the Function Room at the Rose & Crown, Derby Road, Lenton. The latest in a continuing series of meetings with Unipol. Details of the meeting agenda to follow shortly.

May 2017 NAG Open Meeting

Wednesday 24 May 2017, 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm in the Function Room at the Rose & Crown, Derby Road, Lenton. A meeting with Nottingham City Council's planners. Details of the agenda to follow.


NOTTINGHAM & NEIGHBOURHOOD: MEETINGS, EXHIBITIONS, CONSULTATIONS & EVENTS

Merger Between Derby Road Health Centre and Lenton Medical Centre Proposed

The Derby Road Health Centre and the Lenton Medical Centre are proposing to merge. An Open Day to provide information and to answer questions will take place at the Derby Road Health Centre on Saturday 21 January 2017: Open Day 10.30 am to 12.30 pm, Questions and Answers 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm.

Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology Consultations

NUAST has announced two consultations, running from 1 December 2016 to 1 February 2017 on proposals to change the status and admissions at the Academy.


NEIGHBOURHOOD: PARLIAMENTARY CONSTITUENCY ADVICE,
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 Walk, Wednesday 1 February 2017, 9.45 am to 11.00 am, Hillside and QMC, meet outside Hillside shops. Community Meeting, Wednesday 1 February 2017, 6.00 pm, Dunkirk Community Centre.

Radford & Park Ward (R&P):

Wollaton East & Lenton Abbey Ward (WELA): 


NEWS DESK
 

NATIONAL NEWS

£60 million to Tackle 'Second Homes' Problems in England

On Friday 23 December 2016, BBC News on-line reported Government's announcement that it was setting up a new annual £60 million fund to counteract the all-time high in second-home ownership which is crowding out first-time buyers and artificially raising house prices.

New Banning Orders to Stop Rogue Landlords

The Department for Communities & Local Government has announced a public consultation on plans for new banning orders to crack down on rogue landlords and property agents. The closing date for comments is Friday 10 February 2017

 

NOTTINGHAM NEWS

Nottingham Left £8m Out of Pocket by Inadequate Government Student Funding

In a press release dated 23 December 2016, Nottingham City Council explain that the short-fall in Government funding to off-set student Council Tax exemption has now reached £8m.

The Rise & Rise of Seven Star Student Accommodation in Nottingham

Two recent Nottingham Post articles (14 December and 16 December 2016) focus attention on the increasing amount of 'high-end' purpose built student accommodation in Nottingham's city centre. But, is this what Nottingham needs?

 

NEIGHBOURHOOD NEWS

Merger Between Derby Road Health Centre and Lenton Medical Centre Proposed

The Derby Road Health Centre and the Lenton Medical Centre are proposing to merge. An Open Day to provide information and to answer questions will take place at the Derby Road Health Centre on Saturday 21 January 2017: Open Day 10.30 am to 12.30 pm, Questions and Answers 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm.

Seven Simple Ways to Create Healthy, Happy Neighbourhoods

Laura Alvarez, Lecturer in Architectural Technology at Nottingham Trent University, writing in 'The Conversation' comes up with seven simple rules to help make good neighbourhoods.


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.