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Talks on Midlothian Council HMO policy

Building which the council until recently used as an HMO, DARAG (opposite Mayfield Inn), Bogwood Road, Mayfield

Building which the council until recently used as an HMO, DARAG (opposite Mayfield Inn), Bogwood Road, Mayfield

A council sub-group has been set up to consider the issue of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in Midlothian and whether a policy is needed.

Made up of councillors and the relevant council officers the group is expected to hold its first meeting next week.

Councillor Jim Muirhead (Lab) is in the sub-group.

He said: “I think it’s an issue we need to resolve. There have been demands from members of the public, particularly in Gorebridge, for some kind of over-provision policy when it comes to HMOs.

“I will be exploring on the committee whether or not it will be feasible to have a policy on a street by street basis.

“I think that’s a sensible way of approaching it.”

Council leader Owen Thompson (SNP), who is also in the group, said: “Clearly the push from Westminster on welfare reform means there will be increased demand for HMO provisions.

“We need to be careful not to paint a picture that the HMO’s are a bad thing as, in a number of circumstances, an HMO can fulfil a useful purpose.”

Read more in the November 28 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.

 

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