Maintaining Vibrant Communities and Houses in Multiple Occupation

Laurie Bidwell

9 September 2013


On Thursday morning at the Council's Licensing Committee, I voted twice against the granting of licences for a number of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in the Westend of Dundee.

In both instances, Councillors had been advised that the number of HMOs had already exceeded the perviously imposed limit for the relevant census area.

I hope future potential HMO owners do their homework and take cognisance of the limits that have been applied to the number of qualifying HMO licenses in specific census areas in
Dundee and the number of licenses that have already been granted.  

This information is readily available to potential owners on application to the Council. 

Students from our two Universities and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art are most welcome in our city and add significantly to the life of our city.

But the over-concentration of students in houses in multiple occupation can strain the good relations between the term time dwellers and the permanent residents.

Whilst I will continue to treat every application of its merit, in general, I think the Licensing Committee should not be granting licenses when there is no capacity left for additonal licenses in a census area and where we think that to do so would be detrimental to maintaining a balanced community.

In parts of the Westend of Dundee, I think we have already reached that point.