Houses in Multiple Occupation: Review and Evidence Gathering

The Welsh Government has issued a report examining the extent of concentrations of HMOs in Wales and making recommendations about both local authority practice and potential changes to regulations to improve the management and control of HMOs.

In the report the Welsh Government,  while understanding the contribution that HMOs make to providing homes to people who are unable to buy or rent larger accommodation, had commissioned the research due to concerns about the impact of HMO concentrations in some areas and particularly, the effect on the stability of those local communities.

The report underlined that concentrations had tended to grow notably in university cities/towns where the need to house large numbers of full time students acted as a powerful stimulus for family homes to be acquired and rented out as shared student houses.

A number of studies were cited with a consistent theme being the displacement of established communities with remaining owner occupiers contending with significant changes in the character of their neighbourhood, increased levels of anti-social behaviour, petty crime, unkempt properties, a loss of overall community cohesion, and so on.

Date: 05/05/2015 (Date of Publication)

Author: Welsh Government

DCP link: This item updates DCP section 11.73, 11.23

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