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Haringey Council consultation on licensing for houses in multiple occupation in Tottenham
Haringey Council is asking people to give their views on a proposal to introduce a new licensing scheme for houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in Tottenham.
The council is giving local people until November 30 to give their views on the plans which would give it the same power over small HMOs as they have over larger ones.
The council believes this would give it greater control over HMOs that are being badly managed or that are having a detrimental effect on their neighbourhood.
It would also allow the council to deal more effectively with landlords who will not comply with basic minimum standards required by law.
Since the 2004 Housing Act privately rented homes that are three or more storeys and are occupied by five or more people forming two or more households are required to be licensed.
This proposal would be an extension of the existing licensing laws.
A property counts as a HMO if it is let to more than one household and more than two people.