Fuel Poverty and Houses in Multiple Occupation report

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-11-16
Session date: 
November 16, 2016
Reference: 
2016/4141
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

According to the report, Fuel Poverty and Houses in Multiple Occupation, produced by Future Climate and National Energy Action, energy efficiency is worse in Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) than in other housing types. In your answer to question 2016/3848 you made a commitment to produce a Fuel Poverty Action Plan. 

Will your Fuel Poverty Action Plan include policies that protect occupants of HMOs from the impact of fuel poverty and require landlords to improve the condition of these properties?

Answer

Answer for Fuel Poverty and Houses in Multiple Occupation report

Answer for Fuel Poverty and Houses in Multiple Occupation report

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My Fuel Poverty Action Plan will be addressing fuel poverty across all tenures in London, including the private rented sector and houses in multiple occupation. The full scope is yet to be finalised.  I intend to address the existing powers available to boroughs to enforce better conditions in privately rented properties. In particular, the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) which provides local authorities with the powers to inspect homes for health and safety risks, including excess cold, and to order landlords to make improvements. I intend for the Fuel Poverty Action Plan to include actions for working with Boroughs to improve enforcement.