London HMO identifier tool DISCOVERY

Project details:

Organisation Greater London Authority
Department Housing and Land
Collaboration Level Open To Conversation
Budget £100k > £250k
Key Contact Lydia Volans & Alicia Savva
Phase start 18 January 2019
Phase Estimated end 31 March 2019


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A data analytics tool enabling all London boroughs to identify HMOs in their area which are subject to licencing, but that have not obtained a licence. The worst conditions in the PRS tend to be concentrated in HMOs, and vulnerable renters frequently end up living in these types of properties. Providing pan-London data on unlicensed HMOs will allow boroughs to target their PRS enforcement resources effectively to help vulnerable tenants. Currently most boroughs rely heavily on complaints from renters and the local community to detect problem PRS properties. Without it, many boroughs are likely to struggle to effectively enforce the extension of mandatory HMO licencing which came into force in October 2018.




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