Residents from a number of streets in the Kemp Town area of Brighton expressed their growing concern about the rising number of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in their area at a public meeting on Friday night.
The meeting, which was attended by Lloyd Russell-Moyle, MP for Kemptown and Peacehaven, and leader of the city council, Warren Morgan, highlighted residents’ calls for action to stop their neighbourhood becoming overrun by student housing.
Article Four directions are used by councils to limit the number of HMOs in an area, with planning permission no longer required by landlords to let a family home or dwelling by turning it into a small HMO, which can house between three and six tenants.
And their slothful MP has finally realised his job might be on the line:
After listening to the concerns of residents, Mr Russell-Moyle suggested a citywide petition be launched to put pressure on the Government to reconsider limitations placed upon landlords operating HMOs.
He said: “Private landlords are the ones causing the vast amount of problems.
“Some issues need to be about enforcement and some of these issues need to be about engaging with the universities and landlords.”
Why do you need a petition, Mr Russell-Moyle? Wasn’t raising issues in Parliament exactly why you were elected?