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Movement for Change welcomes the success from Brighton and Hove council who gained an additional licensing scheme for smaller houses in multiple occupation (HMO’s) in seven wards in the city.

The scheme, which will be started on November 2nd and will last for five years, will require landlords with HMO’s to acquire the additional licenses.

The seven wards included in the scheme are Brunswick and Adelaide, Central Hove, East Brighton, Goldsmid, Preston Park, Regency and Westbourne.

Landlords can be fined up to £20,000 for not having a licence for renting out an unlicensed HMO.

A house in multiple occupation is a house which is rented out by at least three people who are not from one household but share the facilities.

The increased licensing will force landlords to attain higher standards to rent to multiple people. This will grant private renters greater rights over their occupancy.

Previously Movement for Change has found that private renters are often taken advantage of and do not have equal rights with their landlords.

The consultation showed that in some HMO’s, the standards of management and living conditions can be poor. Hazards such as fire risk are four or more times more likely in an HMO than in a residential household occupied by a single household.

The increase in licensing supports Movement for Change’s intention to increase the number of licenses for housing.

Movement for Change encouraged members to reply to the consultation and for members to share their opinion. This follows from the Home Sweet Home organising project in Brighton where a group of residents organised against bad private landlords.

 

Movement for change welcomes success from housing consultation

Movement for Change welcomes the success from Brighton and Hove council who gained an additional licensing scheme for smaller houses in multiple occupation (HMO’s) in seven wards in the city. Read More >


The latest from Movement for Change - by Phil McCauley, Chief Executive

In the North West of England, women who are working with Movement for Change to tackle financial instability together have been negotiating for support. The Money Wise team took their case to the local council, with the help of a special guest.

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Heliena tells the story of meeting the Archbishop of York John Sentamu, gaining his support for the project and asking him to take their ask to the council.

She explains how despite being nervous at first, she was so eager to ensure that they got the results they needed to move their campaign forward that she seized the opportunity. Result!

Do share her story on Facebook, I know she’d appreciate the support.

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Heliena has developed real leadership skills despite having little involvement in public life before. She hadn’t had time to prepare, but she stepped up and made the ask - and we know that leaders like her will make our communities stronger ask by ask, action by action.

We’ve also been sharing the stories of other leaders such as Lisa, who have been directly affected by the issues they face and want to use the power of their experiences to support others.

This is what our work is about: developing leaders in communities who can take action for themselves, leaving a lasting legacy and building new leaders in the process.

If you’re interested in supporting our work or partnering with us, then get in touch.

How to be Money Wise

The latest from Movement for Change - by Phil McCauley, Chief Executive In the North West of England, women who are working with Movement for Change to tackle financial instability together have been negotiating for support. The Money Wise team took their case to the local council, with the help of a special guest. Read More >

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