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Statistics for HMOs in Haringey

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Dear Haringey Borough Council,

Please comment under the FOI

1. How many HMOs are there?

2. How many HMOs have been licensed?

3. How much money has been collected from HMO licensing?

4. How many HMOs have been closed down due to unsafe housing?

5. How many HMOs have been closed down due to unlicensing?

6. How many HMOs have been closed down due to other reasons?

7. Please name other reasons.

8. How many fines have been imposed on landlords due to prosecuting unlicensed HMOs and what is the value of those fines?

9. How many prosecutions have you made since HMO licensing?

10. How many prosecutions have been successful. How many have failed?

11. Please list your successful prosecutions.

12. Please list your failed prosecutions.

13. What is the nationality of the landlords that have been prosecuted?

14. How has the money raised as a result of HMO licensing and fines been spent?

15. Why has the additional licensing scheme ended?

16. How many staff are in the HMO department?

Yours faithfully,

J Alburn

FOI, Haringey Borough Council

Dear J Alburn,

 

Thank you for your request however can you clarify the date range you are
seeking this information for?

 

Please note we have not dealt with your enquiry as a formal Freedom of
Information Act request at this stage and we shall take no further action
on your request unless we hear further from you.

 

Regards,

 

Sue Dyos

Acting Feedback Manager

Shared Service Centre | Central Team

Haringey Council

 

 

 

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Dear FOI,

The date range is from 2005 or whenever Haringey Council first regulated HMOs, whichever is the earliest, to the present date.

For clarity please read 'nationality" as "ethnicity".

Thank you.

Please confirm you are now processing my request and when I can expect an answer.

Yours sincerely,

J Alburn

FOI, Haringey Borough Council

Dear J Alburn

 

Freedom of Information / Environmental Information Regulations Request:
Reference LBH/5897816

 

I acknowledge your request for information received on 20 December 2016.

This information request will be dealt with in accordance with the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 / Environmental Information Regulations and we
will send the response by 20 January 2017.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Sue Dyos

Acting Feedback Manager

Shared Service Centre | Central Team

Haringey Council

 

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Sellar Lynn, Haringey Borough Council

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Dear Ms Alburn,

Re: Freedom of Information Act Request ref: LBH/5897816

 

Thank you for your request for information received on 20 December 2016,
in which you asked for the following information with my responses
included in blue below each question.

 

1. How many HMOs are there?

We do not have a definitive number of how many HMO properties there are in
our borough. This is because as one HMO may be created another may revert
back to being a single family dwelling. There is no legal requirement
other than through the HMO Licensing powers for owners of certain types of
HMO property to inform the Council of their existence or non existence.
The recent Census may give you some information on accommodation by type
across the borough. We are hoping however to undertake our own examination
of private sector stock in the near future.

 

2. How many HMOs have been licensed?

1,174

 

3. How much money has been collected from HMO licensing?

 

£1,617,617 (This figure includes the re-licensing fees collected through
Mandatory HMO Licensing from 2006 – to date)

 

4. How many HMOs have been closed down due to unsafe housing?

None. We have used prohibition orders for parts of HMO’s and on some
occasions for the whole of a HMO.

 

5. How many HMOs have been closed down due to un-licensing?

None

 

6. How many HMOs have been closed down due to other reasons?

None

 

7. Please name other reasons.

N/A

 

8. How many fines have been imposed on landlords due to prosecuting
unlicensed HMOs and what is the value of those fines?

Please see attached document

 

9. How many prosecutions have you made since HMO licensing?

Please see attached document

 

10. How many prosecutions have been successful. How many have failed?

Please see attached document

 

11. Please list your successful prosecutions.

Please see attached document

 

12. Please list your failed prosecutions.

Please see attached document

 

13. What is the nationality of the landlords that have been prosecuted?

We do not record this information

 

14. How has the money raised as a result of HMO licensing and fines been
spent?

Money raised by HMO fines is collected by the courts and retained by the
court service. Money received through licensing income is used to support
the processing of the applications.

 

15. Why has the additional licensing scheme ended?

The additional HMO Licensing Scheme is the Haringey ward has ended (The
additional licensing scheme in Tottenham is still running) as a scheme can
only run for a maximum 5 year period before you have to consult on whether
the scheme should be renewed. If consultation and data analysis had proven
that there was still a need for licensing in Harringay Ward the council
with member approval could have continued the scheme for a further 5
years. The reason the Council decided to not to renew the Harringay ward
scheme is because at the time of its renewal the Government were
consulting on their proposal to extend the definition of a Mandatory HMO.
It was agreed that the proposed extended definition of a Mandatory HMO
would encompass many of the HMO property that were to be included in any
new Additional HMO licensing scheme in Harrinagy Ward. It was felt having
the two schemes operating together including very similar property type
would make it confusing for landlords and encompass an unnecessary
administrative burden for the Council . The Government have been
consulting and the implementation date for this definition
extension/proposal has unfortunately been lengthen but is due we think to
be announced in the summer of this year and will be applicable to HMO of
the agreed definition borough wide.

 

16. How many staff are in the HMO department?

We currently have 9 dedicated staff working on HMO Licensing and a
administrator who covers HMO licensing as well as her other duties
supporting a residential environmental health team.

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

 

Lynn Sellar

Housing Improvement Co-ordinator

 

Haringey Council

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