From around 2003, the private rented section in the MANERP area was exploding with hundreds of Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMO’s). There was severe overcrowding with whole families living in single rooms and several families living in one house.
MANERP worked with the councils’ Housing Enforcement Team to deal with this matter and although this matter has vastly improved, it has been necessary to introduce a system called Selective Licensing whereby a house has to have a license and be approved by the council before it can be rented. Strict conditions have to be adhered to before a license is granted.
This is one of MANERP’s hardest won successes but has been a struggle that has been going on since 2005 and it is only now reaping rewards.