HMO Register 2019

Ayodeji Talabi made this Freedom of Information request to South Kesteven District Council

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Dear South Kesteven District Council,

I searched on your website and couldn't find a copy of your 2019 HMO Licence Register as prescribed under the Housing Act 2004 s.232 and the information that is required to be maintained within the register is described in the The Licensing and Management of Houses in Multiple occupation and Other Houses (Miscellaneous Provisions) (England) Regulations 2006.

The latter is extracted here for convenience:
Registers of Licences

11.—(1) The following particulars are prescribed for each entry in a register established and maintained under section 232(1)(a) of the Act in respect of a licence granted under Part 2 (HMOs) or 3 (selective licensing) of the Act which is in force—

(a) HMO Property Address
(b) HMO Licence Holder(s) Full Name
(c) HMO Licence Holders Correspondence Address
(d) HMO Managers Name
(e) HMO Managers Address
(f) A short description of the licensed HMO or house;
(g) A summary of the conditions of the licence;
(h) Date of Licence Commencement
(I) Date of Licence Expiry
(j) Duration of Licence
(k) Licence Number
(l) Number of Households
(m) Maximum Number of Occupants
(n) Number of Units/Bedrooms
(o) Number of Self Contained Units
(p) Number of Non Self Contained Units
(q) Number of Storeys
(r) Number of Kitchens
(s) Number of Reception
(t) Number of Bathrooms
(u) Number of Separate WCs

A reply using Excel format would be very helpful especially during this period when viewing at your public office is not possible.

Thanks very much in advance.

Yours faithfully,

Tosin Talabi

Customer Services, South Kesteven District Council

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Dear Ms Talabi,

Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Information Request

Reference No: 1786651

Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The Council will only provide copies of the HMO register in paper or PDF format, not Excel or CSV.

The Information Commissioner's Office has advised councils that a disclosure of the names and addresses of each licence holder is lawful and not a breach of the first data protection principle, as the duty of the Council under the Housing Act 2004 is to provide a copy of the register.

However, the ICO has also advised that the form in which the register is provided may be considered unfair and breach the DPA. The requirement under the Housing Act is to provide a copy of the register on request; there is no obligation to make it available electronically in Excel or CSV format as this might be unfair and excessive given the potential for ease of access by a large number of people.

Therefore, please find attached a PDF document showing the HMO register.

If you have any queries or concerns then please contact:

[South Kesteven District Council request email]

Further information about freedom of information is also available from the Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Telephone: 0303 123 1113

Website: www.ico.org.uk

Yours sincerely

FOI Team,

SKDC

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