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“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. ...'


Government has given Nottingham City Council permission to renew the regulations which, since 2012, have controlled Nottingham's Forest of Letting Boards for a further five years.

For more about this news visit:

Government Gives Green Light for Council to Continue Fighting Letting Board Plague


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 by following the links in: 




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



January 2018 NAG Open Meeting

On Friday, 26 January 2018, 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm in the Lecture Room, New Mechanics Institute, North Sherwood Street, Nottingham, the NAG will be hosting 'Good Neighbours', a 'Question Time' style meeting chaired by Lilian Greenwood, MP for Nottingham South, and a panel of invited guests from Nottingham City Council, Nottingham University, Nottingham Trent University and Nottinghamshire Police. The focus will be our neighbourhoods and the challenges of recurrent and diverse 'groundhog' day problems, such as low-level but persistent anti-social behaviour.


Nottingham City Council Budget 2018-2019 Consultation

Friday 19 January, Monday 22 January, Tuesday 23 January 2018' : The City Council needs to make a further £27 million in savings as part of its budget proposals for 2018-2019, and is seeking opinions from Nottingham residents at consultation events at a number of different locations.

Viking: Rediscover the Legend

Nottingham Lakeside Arts, Saturday 25 November 2017 to Sunday 4 March 2018. The exhibition includes the most well-known Viking hoards ever discovered in this country, including the Vale of York Viking Hoard, and the recently discovered Watlington Hoard on loan from the Ashmolean Museum. Admission Free


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): Residents' Meeting: Tuesday 13 February 2018, 5.30 pm Lenton Centre, Willoughby Street. Ward Walk: 14 February 2018, 9.45 am, Lenton New Build and Drives, meeting point Lenton Centre, Willoughby Street. 

Wollaton East & Lenton Abbey Ward (WELA): 



The Future of Universities in 2018

An article by Sean Coughlan, BBC Education Correspondent (Monday 1 January 2018) highlights the challenges facing universities in 2018

New Measures Under Consideration Target Rogue Landlords

Government and Labour are considering new measures, including changes to mandatory HMO licensing (government) and tenancy length (Labour) specifically targeting rogue landlords. BBC News Thursday 28 December 2017. Also, comments on the proposed legislation from the National HMO Lobby and link to responses to the Government consultation.

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.



Proposals to Introduce Selective Licensing Submitted to Government

On 15 January 2018, Nottingham City Council posted news that the proposal to introduce a new licensing scheme for privately rented homes in Nottingham has been formally submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Student's City Centre 'Prank' Results in a £345 Bill

The Nottingham Post on Saturday 23 December 2017 reported that a student's night out ended up with her jumping on the roof of a council van and kneeing a worker in the groin. Nottingham Magistrates said 'We are not impressed by this behaviour ... .' and fined her £345.

City Council Gives Planning Permission for Three New Student Developments

The Nottingham Post reported on Tuesday 19 December that planning permission had been given for student purpose build developments on three sites across the city.

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.



Government Gives Green Light for Council to Continue Fighting Letting Board Plague

In the summer of 2017, Nottingham City Council applied to Government for permission to continue operating controls over letting boards in designated parts of the city. This permission has now been given and will be in place for the next five years, so preventing a return to 'Nottingham's Forest of Letting Boards'

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.


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.