Lay Student Councillor Update-Housing

A busy start to the New Year. Reaching the point where we drag all the housing campaign together. To bring you up to date…

We are meeting with Newcastle City Council to talk about improving their accreditation scheme. What we’d like to see is the accreditation scheme tied to the licensing for houses of multiple occupation (HMO), so that when a landlord applies for a license (a legal requirement) they must meet certain standards.

At the minute, this accreditation scheme sets out minimum standards, as in the base level required by law. We want to see the bar raised. The accreditation scheme shouldn’t be minimum standards, it should ensure landlords and letting agencies provide good quality housing standards and are tied by law to ensure this.

Newcastle has the highest proportion in the country of student HMOs as a percentage of overall accomodation, with student housing making up roughly 22% of the entire rented property market, you should be able to expect a good standard from your landlord or letting agency.

Furthermore, if your landlord doesn’t live in the country, we are attempting to get the Council to adopt a position which means that they must have a contact within the city, meaning that you won’t have to deal with a landlord which could live thousands of miles away.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, josh.waterton-bailey@northumbria.ac.uk

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