National HMO Lobby


National HMO

What is a HMO?
Local HMO Plans
Ten Point Plan


Leeds HMO Lobby
Nottingham Action Group

National Developments
Sustainable Communities
Use Classes Order
HMO Licensing
Taxation of HMOs
Students & Community

National HMO Lobby




The government estimated in 2004 that there were about 640,000 HMOs in England alone. If they are not properly managed, they can give rise to a whole range of problems. Poor management of individual HMOs can give rise to problems for tenants and neighbours. Poor management of numbers of HMOs can give rise to problems for whole communities.

The Campaign for Bedsit Rights, lately run by Shelter, has advocated the tenants' cause. Council officers who have to oversee HMOs are represented by the National HMO Network. Neighbourhoods are represented by our National HMO Lobby.

We began campaigning in 2000. Many of our objectives have now been achieved. The Housing Act 2004 introduced mandatory licensing of larger HMOs, and in 2010, the government delegated discretionary licensing to local councils in England. Also in 2010, the government changed the Use Classes Order, so that HMOs now require planning permission. See 'What is a HMO?' for the current status of HMOs in the UK.

The National HMO Lobby proposes sustainable communities. The Lobby therefore opposes concentrations of HMOs in general (as a unique threat to the sustainability of communities) and studentification in particular (as the principal cause and effect of HMO concentrations) - see our publication Balanced Communities & Studentification.

The pages on this website outline who we are, and what we do. The pages about the Lobby itself outline our composition and constitution, our Aims, our Constitution, our Members and their Regional Organisation, and a History of our activity, including Papers produced. The pages on Lobbying record National Developments and our national campaigning on key issues, like the Use Classes Order and HMO Licensing and Students & Communities.

If your community shares our concerns about poor management of HMOs in neighbourhoods - do join us. Email the National HMO Lobby at <>.


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