Monday, 10 August 2009

How many students can you fit in a house in Clifton?

Doing emails while someone on BBC News is talking about HMOs and students, giving Bristol as an example. Debate is over whether Government should give councils powers to curb multiple occupancy. Here's more info - as I said, I'm doing emails, so mustn't allow myself to become distracted!

6 comments:

Vincenzo Rampulla said...

Would be interested in what the experience is in a place like Bristol. I know friends who were students in the city and always remember fondly living together.

I'm 27 and I lived in shared accommodation with 2 friends - depending on what definition of HMO the Government decides on, my home could be classed as an HMO and future homes like mine pushed out by angry communities.

I think councils should try and deal with the underlying issues themselves instead of trying to restrict new housing.

cowbutt said...

Far more detrimental to strong communities is certain areas becoming '(short term) rental-only' areas. I've lived in a few areas around the south of England, and those with a fairly stable population were always friendlier and more co-operative. Areas where everyone came and went every six months or so were soulless and inhospitable.

Bevanite said...

we managed 12 in a house in Clifton. And we actually complained about the neighbours who weren't students but were massive fans of techno at 5 am.

But to add to our street cred, we were in the BEP because of our overflowing bins. (such rebels)

Vincenzo Rampulla said...

That's a fair comment but it quickly becomes a 'kick the students out' mentality.

Or even worse, we don't want to live near migrant workers...

Paul said...

there is a facebook group which covers the issues from the viewpoint of the Bristol Univeristy Students union:

http://www.facebook.com/s.php?q=bristol+HMO&init=quick#/group.php?gid=6033326502&ref=search

dreamingspire said...

Official HMO rules don't apply to the vast swathes of 2 storey Victorian and Edwardian terraced houses such as are seen in parts of Bristol where many students live. The BBC was wide of the mark - real, licensed HMOs require all sorts of things like proper fire precautions.