Anger at ‘unknown’ Mayfield HMO

Pat O'Neill a member of the Mayfield Community Council outside this building which the council are using as an HMO, DARAG (opposite Mayfield Inn), Bogwood Road, Mayfield
Pat O'Neill a member of the Mayfield Community Council outside this building which the council are using as an HMO, DARAG (opposite Mayfield Inn), Bogwood Road, Mayfield

Community councillors are angry they were not told that a local “eyesore” has been turned into a house of multiple occupancy (HMO).

The property on Bogwood Road, opposite the Mayfield Inn, has recently become an HMO run by Midlothian Council, who rent it from Castle Rock.

Robert Hogg, chairman of Mayfield and Easthouses Community Council said he didn’t know the council had anything to do with the property: “I think it has changed to an HMO and we have not been informed, I didn’t know the council were leasing it from Castle Rock.

“Are we entitled to know that? I’m not sure, but it would have been nice to have been told.

“I have been getting people commenting on this property for weeks now.

“It’s a total eyesore in the community.”

Midlothian Council told the Advertiser: “There is a valid HMO licence in place, as there has been for a number of years.

“We are reviewing the occupancy of the property to ensure there is an improved environment and on-site support provided to the HMO occupants.”

Read more on this story in the August 1 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.