New 'beefed up' rules to give Portsmouth council more powers on shared homes

NEW 'beefed up' rules on shared homes in the city have been approved in a bid to give the council more power.

Wednesday, 24th July 2019, 7:08 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th July 2019, 10:54 am
Portsmouth City Council has changed rules for larger HMOs

Councillors agreed to reword its policy on houses in multiple occupancy (HMOs) in the hope of protecting neighbours from 'over-saturation.'

The changes mean that conversions for HMOs of up to six people expanding to allow for more tenants will have to prove it will not have a negative impact on local amenity to get permission. 

Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson: 'We already had rules but they were just blanket. This is just about beefing it up.'

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Housing boss Cllr Darren Sanders hoped restricting the number of people in one home would make renting privately more appealing. He said: 'Too many people are on our waiting lists because they are worried about renting privately.'

Cllr Rob Wood added: 'When a developer comes to the city they should know the rules.'