Houses in Multiple Occupation Scrutiny Working Group

Swansea Maison

Scrutiny agreed to look at the subject of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in Swansea after receiving a request for scrutiny from a member of the public.  The issue raised relates to the numbers and control of HMOs in Swansea, and in particular the spread of HMOs into the east side due to the new University campus, and effect on local areas.

The Working Group will consider:

  • The Council’s responsibilities (legislative or otherwise) and current position regarding HMOs licensing, management and control, and future plans.
  • Service aims / targets / performance measures
  • Service costs
  • The intensity of HMOs across Swansea including East / West comparison
  • Recent changes / trends and causes. Future projections.
  • The Council’s engagement with universities / landlords / HMO providers, and partnership working
  • Impact on Council Tax revenue from HMO properties
  • Views of interested parties

Two meeting of the working group have been arranged to look at this issue:

  • 25 November 2016 – A briefing on the subject from Officers of the Council – link to Agenda
  • 12 January 2016 – Views of interested parties and discussion with the Cabinet Member(s) – Agenda will be available here from the 6 January

The Working Group will capture its views and recommendations to address concerns, in a letter to the relevant Cabinet Member(s) following the conclusion of the Working Group.

These are open meetings and members of the public are welcome to observe from the gallery.  Views from interested parties/public will be received at the 12 January meeting.  

Please send in your views by email to us at by 11 January.  You are also welcome to attend the meeting on the 12 January which will be held at 5.00pm in Committee Room 1, Swansea Civic Centre, Oystermouth Rd, Swansea.

If you would like any further information about scrutiny more generally you can also visit our web pages at

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