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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. ...'


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 can be made directly by e-mailing:




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



February 2019 Unipol-NAG (U-NAG) Open Meeting: 'Current Trends & Future Developments in the Student Housing Market'

Notes of this meeting, held on Thursday 21 February 2019, are now available to read and to download when you open this page.

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.


Friday 29 November 2019 to Saturday 1 February 2020: Journeys to Nottingham from the Windrush Generation

Nottingham Trent University, Bonington Gallery. In 2012, Nottingham Black Archive began to document the experiences of those who came from the Caribbean to England during the Windrush period. Journeys to Nottingham is a collection of narratives, photographs, and ephemera from people who travelled from the Caribbean to Nottingham during the Windrush era. It is a snapshot of why they came, what they did, and where they worked on their arrival to the city.


Nottingham Parliamentary Constituency Candidates

Nottingham East

Christopher Michael LESLIE, The Independent Group for Change
Damian Stephen Danial SMITH, Brexit Party
Victoria Anne STAPLETON, Conservative Party
Robert Andrew SWIFT, Liberal Democrats - To stop Brexit
Michelle Kim VACCIANA, Green Party
Nadia Edith WHITTOME, Labour Party

Nottingham North

Stuart James BESTWICK, Conservative Party
Julian Paul CARTER, Brexit Party
Andrew Guy JONES, Green Party
Christina MORGAN-DANVERS, Liberal Democrats - to Stop Brexit
Alex NORRIS, Labour and Co-operative Party

Nottingham South 

Lilian Rachel GREENWOOD, Labour Party
Barry Ian HOLLIDAY, Liberal Democrats - to Stop Brexit
John Michael LAWSON, Brexit Party
Marc Harry Mykola NYKOLYSZYN, Conservative Party
Cath SUTHERLAND, the Green Party

Nottingham East Constituency: To be updated
Nottingham South Constituency: To be updated

Lenton & Wollaton East Ward: Contact details for ward councillors, location and times of ward surgeries, ward walks,  neighbourhood events ... 

Lenton & Wollaton East Ward News November 2019




Belfast Hoyland Anti-Social Behaviour

Robbie Meredith (BBC News NI Education Correspondent) writing on Thursday 28 November 2019 reports on anti-social behaviour in the Hoyland area of Belfast and disciplinary measures taken by Queen's University and Ulster University.

'How Students Can Buy a £400,000 Home With Zero Deposit'

Patrick Collinson, Money Editor of The Guardian (Saturday 26 October 2019) used this headline for a report by Patrick Collinson, its Money Editor, on the increasing number of building societies offering deals that let young adults buy their university home and pay the mortgage with the rent they charge other students.

Students at Bristol (UWE) & Coventry Universities Unhappy with University Accommodation

The BBC News (Wednesday 23 October 2019 and Thursday 24 October) carried reports about students dissatisfaction with their accommodation at the University of the West of England, Bristol, where students have said that 'studio pods' are 'not fit for humans'; and at Coventry University where students were moved into temporary accommodation due to a rat problem at halls of residence.



Nottingham Tops Survey of Faster Growing Home Rental Costs

On Wednesday 16 October 2019 Kevin Peachey (Personal Finance Reporter, BBC News) reported on a survey by property website Zoopla which had found that 'tenants moving into a Nottingham home this summer paid 5.4% more in rent than a year earlier.' Leeds and Bristol (up by 4.5%) were the only other UK cities where rents rose faster than the UK average growth.

York House Scheme Revision Adds Extra Student Rooms

Writing in the Nottingham Post (Friday 2 August 2019) Jamie Barlow reported that developers of the site of the former York House office block have revised the scheme to add another 50 student bed spaces to the existing scheme, making a total of nearly 500.

Bolting the Stable Door: Councillors Aim to Stop Beeston Tide of HMOs

Writing in the Nottingham Post on Friday 5 July 2019, Kit Sandeman reported that Broxtowe Borough Council is to take action to control the number of student houses in Beeston ... and prevent it from turning into another Lenton.



Nottingham University to Extend Student Accommodation on Jubilee Campus

On Saturday 7 December 2019, Jamie Barlow, Nottingham Post Digital News Correspondent, reported that Nottingham University has submitted plans for a 280-bed student accommodation scheme on the former Player warehouse site on Triumph Road adjacent to its existing Southwell Hall student block

New Five Star Student Apartments in Lenton

As reported in the Nottingham Post (Sunday 24 November 2019) by the Property Editor, Karen Antcliff, 141 Lenton Boulevard was acquired in September on behalf of a property investment company. The five apartments are currently undergoing an improvement programme due for completion in January 2020. Students will be charged around £195 to £285 per week for apartments which are described will be finished to 'five-star hotel standards'.

Proposal for New Purpose Built Student Student Accommodation on Triumph Road Submitted

On Wednesday 28 November 2019, Jamie Barlow, Digital News Correspondence of the Nottingham Post reported that plans have been submitted to Nottingham City Council to build a 204-bed space student accommodation block on Triumph Road near its junction with Derby Road.

Application Submitted for Additional Student Accommodation on Radmarsh Road

On Tuesday 29 October 2019, the Nottingham Post reported on £25m plans for new student 222-bed student accommodation at the bottom of Radmarsh Road which leads off from the Derby Road/Gregory Street junction alongside the Three Wheatsheaves Public House.


Not quite a blog, this page reflects the interests and the state of mind of the Editor, so you've been warned that its contents very probably may not appeal to you.

However, if you enjoy random walks and serendipitous discoveries, then I hope these pages, of which the ones listed here are the latest, as they accumulate, may well be for you.

Acqua Alta: Too Little ... Too Late!

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Requiem for a Glacier


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.