Labour Councillors believe there needs to be a review of the HMO policy in Cambridge, linked also to delivering more housing of all types. There is no evidence that the current LibDem administration wants any review of HMOs. Contrast that with the way they already shape where rental housing goes in major new developments.
As we said at the City Council meeting, any changes need to be decided after an open and thorough Council consultation. We will also ensure that shared housing that clearly doesn’t merit regulation is not affected, and that is why our manifesto wording has that flexibility, ahead of consultation.
Lib Dem Councillors in other cities also agree that national HMO regulations and planning rules are defective, with extra interventions implemented or proposed.
Unlike Cambridge Lib Dems, Labour wants better regulation of HMOs to protect tenants and the wider community from a minority of rogue landlords and end crazy rules like only three-storey houses being regulated.
A minority of rental properties in Cambridge are badly run, leading to substandard housing for too many tenants, and also causing avoidable problems to neighbours.
Labour wants balanced neighbourhoods where most Cambridge streets have a mix of single people, families and older people, avoiding over-concentrations of HMOs or other tenures. But again, nothing will happen without full Council consultation on ‘Planning Cambridge to 2031’.
If you want to see Labour’s HMO, housing policies please visit our Housing page.
As it says, improving housing is our top priority.