Early day motion 450

HOUSES IN MULTIPLE OCCUPATION

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Total number of signatures: 67

Abbott, Diane Aldous, Peter Anderson, David Bayley, Hugh
Beith, Alan Benton, Joe Bottomley, Peter Brooke, Annette
Caton, Martin Champion, Sarah Clark, Katy Connarty, Michael
Cooper, Rosie Corbyn, Jeremy Crockart, Mike Crouch, Tracey
Cunningham, Jim Cunningham, Tony Dobson, Frank Doran, Frank
Durkan, Mark Farron, Tim Flynn, Paul Gapes, Mike
George, Andrew Glindon, Mary Godsiff, Roger Hamilton, Fabian
Hancock, Mike Hermon, Lady Heyes, David Hopkins, Kelvin
Horwood, Martin Hunter, Mark Huppert, Julian Jackson, Glenda
Leech, John Llwyd, Elfyn Long, Naomi Lucas, Caroline
McCrea, Dr William McDonnell, John Meale, Alan Morris, Grahame M
Mudie, George Munt, Tessa Osborne, Sandra Pearce, Teresa
Pugh, John Riordan, Linda Robinson, Geoffrey Rotheram, Steve
Ruane, Chris Sanders, Adrian Shannon, Jim Simpson, David
Smith, Robert Stunell, Andrew Thornton, Mike Vaz, Valerie
Walley, Joan Ward, David Whitehead, Alan Williams, Hywel
Williams, Mark Williamson, Chris Wood, Mike Roy

That this House notes that there are estimated to be one million houses in multiple occupation (HMO) units in England housing some of the UK's most vulnerable citizens; further notes that according to the Department for Communities and Local Government, HMOs are frequently 'old and highly inefficient in terms of energy use' and that a recent report for the EAGA Charitable Trust, Housing in Multiple Occupancy: Energy Issues and Policy, has found that problems with damp, mould and associated health concerns are frequent for those living in HMOs; regrets that there are currently no legislative drivers to improve the energy efficiency of HMOs and the lives of their residents; further notes with interest that Bath and North East Somerset Council requires HMOs to reach energy performance certificate band E as a condition of licensing under the Housing Act 2004; therefore supports the Houses in Multiple Occupation (Energy Performance Certificates and Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards) Bill introduced on 21 July 2014 by the hon. Member for Southampton Test, which will bring HMOs within the scope of the minimum energy efficiency standard for the private rented sector under the Energy Act 2011 and build on the example set by Bath and North East Somerset Council by requiring all local housing authorities to make a minimum energy efficiency standard a mandatory condition of HMO licensing; and urges the Government to introduce these legislative changes as soon as possible.