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Allow as many people as they want to share a dwelling without planning consent or license

Comment 21st July 2010

Stop the HMO interference by Local Government. So long as the ordinary rules governiing housing are followed allow people to occupy dwellings as they see fit. If four or five people wish to share, let them without the need of planning consent, licesing and stigma. The rules are daft as they rely upon defining the relationship of the tenants. Is a Morman man with three wives, a single houehold or three households? If the wives work and contribute to the overall cost, are they paying ren? If one tenant pays the rent and the others contribute, are they separate households.  Is any group of people to be defined by sleeping arrangements for the purpose of licensing?

The law is truly aweful. It has had to be revised time after time to say remove section 257 buildings (older converted blocks of flats) and other groups. Councils seem to have avendeta against those who wish to share.

The aim is laudible: improve housing standards, but this is not the way to do it.

There is great demand for bedsit type of accommodation. It should not be stigmatised.

Why does this matter?

It will stop people being challenged about their sleeping arrangements within shared houses and flats.

It will allow people to practice their own way of life within the same rules as anybody else.

It will reduce the number of unproductive local government officers.

It will allow local authorities to pusue improved standards of all rental dwellings without the additional burden/distraction of licensing and planning enforcement

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