*Nottingham City Council v Parr and another

Local authority – Statutory powers. The appellant local authority's appeal failed in large part, in a dispute concerning the imposition of conditions as to residence at two houses in multiple occupation (HMOs). The Supreme Court held that the power to impose conditions under ss 64 and 67 of the Housing Act 2004, in order to make an HMO suitable for a particular number of households or persons, could be used so as to limit the class of persons for whom the HMO was suitable. The court also deleted a requirement of occupation for only ten months in each year from the conditions on the two HMOs, but otherwise held that the conditions imposed by the lower courts and tribunals had been entirely lawful.

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