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

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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:

Consultation on Proposed New Licensing Scheme to Improve Private Rented Sector Housing 


FOR YOUR DIARY
 

NAG MEETINGS & EVENTS

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 with insight into trends in the student housing market, etc.The meeting will also form part of Nottingham City Council's current consultation on proposals for selective licensing, which runs until 31 March 2017. Housing Strategy officers will be there to present information, answer questions, and give guidance. Also, representatives from Nottingham's Community Protection will be there to introduce discussions on and take questions about proposals for an Alcohol Saturation Zone in areas of Radford & Park and Dunkirk & Lenton wards, as well as in respect of developments relating to a 'Community Trigger' dealing with off-campus university student related anti-social behaviour.

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: MEETINGS, EXHIBITIONS, CONSULTATIONS & EVENTS

HMO Waste Audit: Volunteers Needed

Wednesday 29 March 2017 from 4.00 pm to 7.00pm Nottingham City Council will be conducting a waste audit in streets in the Lenton Drives and Lenton Triangle (Lenton Sands) neighbourhoods. Residents, HMO tenants and landlords are invited to join Council officers and help with the audit.

Consultation on Proposed New Licensing Scheme to Improve Private Rented Sector Housing

A new, 'Selective Licensing' scheme for landlords has been proposed by Nottingham City Council. Consultation on the scheme has begun and will run until 31 March 2017. Local people, tenants, landlords, letting agents and other interested individuals and organisations are encouraged to comment on the proposal.


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): 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.


NEWS DESK
 

NATIONAL NEWS

Letting Agents Helped Themselves to More Than £1m of Tenants' Deposits

A BBC investigation (13 February 2017) has revealed that fourteen letting agents were prosecuted in the UK in 2016 for helping themselves to more than £1m from tenants' deposits schemes.

City of Trees

Mark Kinver, BBC News, Science & Environment, 21 January 2017 reports a project which aims to plant three million trees - one for every man, woman and child - in Greater Manchester over the next 25 years.

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

£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.

 

NOTTINGHAM NEWS

Do Landlords Have a Duty to Improve Tenant Behaviour?

In the January 2017 East Midlands Edition of the Private Sector Landlord, Giles Inman of EMPO writes that EMPO (East Midlands Property Owners) believes that professional landlords have a moral duty to play a more active role in dealing with anti-social behaviour at and around the curtilage of their properties, and that landlords have the ability to ensure that anti-social behaviour does to become a feature of their tenancies. He then gives guidance on tenancy agreements and other tools that can be used to forward this aim.

Nottingham Left £8m Out Of Pocket by Inadequate Government Student Fund

A Nottingham City Council press release reports that the Council is missing out on millions of pounds in Council Tax due to the Government not compensating enough for the high numbers of students in the city.

Nottingham Crown Court Fines Nottingham Student Lettings £200,000

Nottingham Student Lettings Limited and its sole director, Robert Singh, were fined and given a suspended sentence at Nottingham Crown Court on Thursday 19 January after admitting breaching fire safety regulations relating to accommodation in Castle Gate.

Shields Student Homes Suspended from Unipol Code

The Chair of the Code Tribunal has suspended Shields Student Homes from membership of the Unipol Code pending a full Tribunal hearing which will take place soon. They are no longer an accredited supplier.

 

NEIGHBOURHOOD NEWS

Council Prosecutes Agent for Contravening Letting Board Controls

A Nottingham agent has been fined £400 and must pay £438 in costs for displaying an unauthorised letting board in Lenton where tcontrols on letting boards are in force.

HMO Waste Audit: Volunteers Needed

Wednesday 29 March 2017 from 4.00 pm to 7.00pm Nottingham City Council will be conducting a waste audit in streets in the Lenton Drives and Lenton Triangle (Lenton Sands) neighbourhoods. Residents, HMO tenants and landlords are invited to join Council officers and help with the audit.

Anti-Social Behaviour: Evidence for an Alcohol Saturation Zone

The City Council's Anti-Social Behaviour team is looking at whether there is evidence for an Alcohol Saturation Zone in neighbourhoods in areas of Dunkirk & Lenton and Radford & Park wards.

Lenton's Palmer Court Independent Living Scheme Wins National Award

Nottingham City Homes and Nottingham City Council's independent living scheme built on the former Lenton high-rise flats' site, has been awarded the 'Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development' at the annual LABC Building Excellence Awards.


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.