Ealing and Northfield

Has council leader broken HMO law?

22 Eastfields

Has the Labour Council Leader Julian Bell broken the law relating to houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) that requires landlords to licence them? The council leader owns a house in East Acton where, due to additional licensing requirements, houses must be licensed if they are rented to four or more unrelated tenants. HMOs are required to be licensed under the 2004 Housing Act. This is a duty of the landlord and one that Ealing Council is obliged to administer and enforce.

Bell has already admitted to renting out his five bedroom property to foreign language students and yet his property is not on a list of licensed properties dated 27th June 2013.

Cllr Bell needs to come clean. The council has to adminster and enforce this law and councillors must be particlarly scrupulous in their observance of the law. It seems that this property has not been licensed as an HMO as required by law. Cllr Bell has admitted to renting his house out. It is inconceivable that he rented out a five bedroom property to three or less foreign language students as would be required for him to not fall foul of the law relating to HMOs.

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