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Cambridge City Council

Statement on work to identify and investigate unlicensed landlords (of HMOs)

28 September 2022

In response to an enquiry from the media we issued the following response about the work that is ongoing to identify and investigate unlicensed landlords (of HMOs) in Cambridge. 

Cllr Gerri Bird, Executive Cllr for Housing, said: “We have licensed over 450 HMOs since 2018, and this year we have actually proactively expanded our work to identify any other HMOs which should be licensed. Once we have identified suspected licensable HMOs, we need to investigate each one to confirm whether they are in fact eligible to be licensed, including through visiting individual properties. This all takes time but work is underway and ongoing.

“If a tenant thinks they live in an HMO or is considering signing a contract to move into a HMO, please check with us whether they are licensed. If tenants have any concerns that their home may be an unlicensed HMO, let us know ASAP and this information will enable us to investigate as a priority.”   

Contact the Environmental Health team
01223 457900

Please also read our previous statement on work to identify and investigate licensable HMOs in Cambridge.

The executive councillor leading on this matter is Cllr Gerri Bird (Labour), Executive Councillor for Housing. Spokespersons for the other political groups on this issue are Cllr Katie Porrer (Liberal Democrat) and Cllr Matthew Howard (Green/Independent Group).