1 The Name of the organisation shall be 'Leeds
2 The Objects of the Lobby shall be
(i) to bring together representatives of community
associations in Leeds concerned with houses in multiple occupation
(HMOs), in order to redress their effects on local communities;
(ii) to lobby nationally for the introduction
of legislation enabling local authorities to control HMOs;
(iii) to contribute to the development of a national network of
community associations in pursuit of (ii).
(i) Full membership of the Lobby is open
to all community associations* in Leeds who subscribe to the Objects
of the Lobby: each shall be entitled to appoint one Representative
(or a substitute);
(ii) Affiliate membership may be offered to other organisations
who subscribe to the Objects of the Lobby (provided that these
shall not exceed the number of full members): each shall be entitled
to appoint one Representative (or a substitute);
(iii) Visitors may be invited to attend meetings of the
The Lobby shall elect from among its Representatives
a Co-ordinator and a Treasurer, and such other officers as it
may require from time to time.
(i) Member and Affiliate organisations shall pay
such annual subscriptions as is decided from time to time by the
(ii) Funds shall be spent only in pursuit of its Objects as determined
by the Lobby; the Treasurer shall keep proper accounts and shall
provide a statements of accounts annually to the Lobby.
(i) A Chair shall be agreed upon by the
Lobby, meeting by meeting;
(ii) Minutes shall record all resolutions of the Lobby;
(iii) the Quorum of the Lobby shall comprise five Representatives
(provided that the majority of those present are Full Members);
(iv) Decisions shall be determined where necessary by a
simple majority vote.
If the Lobby by a simple majority recommends
its dissolution, this shall be notified to all member organisations,
together with the date of a meeting to consider the proposal;
if at that meeting the Lobby decides on its dissolution, its assets
may be disposed of and the funds given to charity.
Amendments to the Constitution may be proposed
to the Lobby by any Representative, with due notice; any amendment
shall require a two-thirds majority vote.
* A community association is here
understood to be a formally constituted organisation whose membership
is open to all within its area of interest. The Lobby has also adopted
an Equal Opportunities statement.
Adopted effective from 1 April 2000
Leeds HMO Lobby