15:54 PM, 14th June 2017, About 5 years ago 6
This is a query best suited for members of this site who understand the state housing sector better than I.
Do councils or housing associations operate HMOs?
I’ve never heard of one, but perhaps there are a few scattered around. If the answer is no, why don’t they? Is there some legal restriction, or is it just prejudice, based on a group think belief amongst their staff that the minimum subsidised accommodation that the State ought to provide for a single person is a one-bedroom flat?
I’ve been to a couple of conferences on Homelessness and the PRS where most of the public sector staff there had such an attitude, except for one chap, I think from Earling BC, who complained about the number of homeless people clogging up their hostels and refusing to move when offered a room in a private HMO, because they were holding out for a subsidised flat from the council.
It just seems odd that, given a single person under the age of 35 can only claim housing benefit for a single room, the only people providing such accommodation seem to be private HMO landlords.
I’m a small-scale developer as well as a landlord, and I’ve never heard of new-build social housing being specified to work as HMOs either.