Published: Tuesday, 2nd October 2018

A free drop-in event aimed at neighbours or tenants of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) is being hosted by the Royal Borough of Greenwich on Thursday.

The drop-in event has been organised so that people can find out more about HMOs and the work the Council is doing.

The Royal Borough has more than 6,000 HMOs and the Council launched its compulsory licensing scheme in 2017 to ensure standards in shared private rented accommodation are maintained and adhered to.

Find out about the HMO Licensing Scheme

The event is an opportunity for private tenants to find out more about the HMO Licensing scheme operating in Royal Greenwich, how it works, what it aims to do, how it enforces, what it can't do and the progress that has been made to date since the launch of compulsory licensing.

There will also be an opportunity to ask officers and Cabinet Members questions about the scheme.

Private sector landlords who own multi-let properties are also welcome to come along, to find out more and register to be licensed by the Council.

Event details

The event is on Thursday 4 October, with a 6.30pm start time (speakers are from 6.30pm). Entry is free, so just turn up.

Woolwich Town Hall,
Wellington Street,
Woolwich SE18 6PW

Councillor Chris Kirby, Cabinet Member for Housing

"The Council doesn't just manage social housing for its own tenants, we also have a responsibility to ensure that tenants living in private rented accommodation are supported, and know where they can turn to for help if they have concerns about the property they are living in."

Councillor Jackie Smith, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Integrated Enforcement

"Most landlords in the private sector are responsible, however, we must ensure that their properties are fit for human habitation - we have had some dreadful cases brought to our attention with people living in the most appalling conditions.

"Our Licensing Scheme is a way of ensuring landlords meet their responsibilities. I would urge anyone living in private rented accommodation with concerns to come along to our event and find out what can be done to help."