Dear Manchester City Council,
I would be grateful if you would supply a list of addresses for current HMO licensed properties in the Manchester area including the name(s) and correspondence addresses for the owner(s).
Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Re: Request for Information - Reference No: GAN/AZJLC7
Thank you for your request for information received by Manchester City
Council on 8th June 2018.
Please note that it may take up to 20 working days (6th July 2018) for the
Council to consider your request and to provide a formal response.
If this timescale needs to be extended to consider an exemption you will
be notified and kept informed.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
PO Box 532
Email: [Manchester City Council request email]
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Dear M Panza
Request for Information - No.134 GAN/AZJLC7
Thank you for your request for information, which was received by
Manchester City Council on 8 June 2018. Your request has been considered
under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FoIA).
In your request you asked for the following information: " I would be
grateful if you would supply a list of addresses for current HMO licensed
properties in the Manchester area including the name(s) and correspondence
addresses for the owner(s)."
(See attached file: Q4 17-18 HMO_Full_Register_110418.pdf)
The Council does not hold a register of all HMO's in the city. Properties
that meet the requirements under the Housing Act 2004 for Mandatory HMO
licensing are recorded on a public register. The HMO Licensing Register is
attached above. It includes the licensed premises addresses, the licensed
holder's name and address and the managing agent's name and address (if
applicable). However, it does not include the owner's name and address. You
will appreciate that FoIA is applicant and purpose blind. The main
consideration is whether or not the requested information is capable of
release to the world at large, regardless of the motives or interest of the
person or organisation making the actual request. After carefully
considering your request I am satisfied that the information you are
seeking is exempt from disclosure under exemption Section 40(2) of the Act,
sub-section 40(3)(a)(i). and should not be released into the ‘public
Section 40 – Third Party Information
40.— Personal information.
(2) Any information to which a request for information relates is also
exempt information if—
(a) It constitutes personal data which do not fall within subsection (1),
(b) Either the first or the second condition below is satisfied.
(3) The first condition is—
(a) in a case where the information falls within any of paragraphs (a) to
(d) of the definition of “data” in section 1(1) of the Data Protection Act
1998, that the disclosure of the information to a member of the public
otherwise than under this Act would contravene—
(i) Any of the data protection principles
A public authority can only disclose personal data in response to an FoIA
request if to do so would be fair, lawful and meet one of the conditions in
Schedule 2 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (and in the case of sensitive
personal data, a condition in Schedule 3). Upon review of the requested
information, I am satisfied that it includes personal data of third parties
and that releasing this data would not be fair or lawful. This exemption is
not subject to the public interest test.
Section 232 of the Housing Act 2004 requires that the Council maintains a
public register of all licences granted. The Act says that the authority
must ensure it is available at our head office for inspection. If you would
like to view the register please contact the Housing Enforcement and
Compliance team at [email address], or 0161 235 5500 to make
The Council also provides a facility on its website to allow individual
addresses to be searched to obtain the required licence information
Please note if you are not satisfied with this response you may ask for an
internal review. If you wish an internal review to be undertaken you should
contact the Democratic Services Legal Team, whose address is, PO Box 532,
Town Hall, Manchester, M60 2LA, email:
[Manchester City Council request email] in the first instance. A copy of
the Council’s access to information complaints procedure can be downloaded
If you do not have internet access and require a paper copy, please let me
If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review process, you
have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:
Information Commissioner's Office
Tel: 01625 545700
Fax: 01625 524510
Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
Compliance & Enforcement Specialist
Housing Compliance & Enforcement Team
Growth and Neighbourhoods Directorate
Manchester City Council