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We need HMO law change.

COUNCIL chiefs have called on the Welsh Assembly Government''s planning minister for a change in laws governing so-called houses in multiple occupation.

Wrexham County Borough Council is asking for new local powers and a specific definition of a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) to be introduced in Wales, bringing it in line with the rest of the UK.

The new legislation would strengthen the council's priority to provide appropriate affordable housing and protect tenants by raising health and safety and management levels in the private rented sector and tackling anti-social behaviour linked to HMOs.

The new measures would mean local councils would have the power to control the spread of shared rented homes and stricter planning rules.

Councillor Alun Jenkins, lead member for finance and asset management, said: "This legislation would help to strengthen the council's licensing provisions and offer protection for tenants."
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 15, 2010
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