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ALG URGES RETHINK AFTER REJECTION OF HMO LICENSING SCHEME

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The Association of London Government has accused the government of putting lives at risk by rejecting calls for a m...
The Association of London Government has accused the government of putting lives at risk by rejecting calls for a mandatory licensing scheme to protect the 2.5 million people living in shared houses, bedsits and flat conversions.

Responding to government consultation on measures to improve safety in houses in multiple occupation, instigated after a series of fatal fires last year, The ALG, in line with the vast majority of respondents, says that only a compulsory national scheme would work.

Geraint Davies, deputy chair of the ALG's housing committee, said:

'The government claims to have rejected this on the grounds of excessive cost and bureaucracy. In fact, such schemes can be self-financing if a modest fee is charged. The government's decision ignores the human costs of the failure to act to maintain standards.'

'The number of deaths in HMOs and the more general detrimental impact on tenants' health should be seen against the likely cost of such a scheme. In the government's own consultation paper the cost per property is put at just £60 for the first five years, which represents just 23p per week.

'The government must think again and introduce a mandatory licensing scheme as quickly as possible.'

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