Opposition Labour councillors on a local authority says HMOs should only be let if each bedroom has an en suite bathroom.
The leader of the Labour group on Northampton council – Danielle Stone – says: “In this day and age it should be taken for granted that everyone should have access to their own bathrooms.”
She continues: ”All HMOs should be en suites. Strangers sharing bathrooms makes Covid-secure hygiene impossible. It makes social isolation, sheltering, or quarantining next-to impossible.”
The Northampton Chronicle news website quotes Stone as saying: “Where households share an entrance way and communal areas there should be a requirement for landlords to undertake a weekly deep clean.”
The town recently hit the headlines when 16 employees of a local food factory tested positive for Coronavirus.
They had been travelling to work in shared cars, and groups of two to four people were living in local HMOs.
Stone continues: “In Northampton we have many families living in overcrowded conditions. This means parents and children are on top of each other, without adequate storage, room to play, room to study.
“Lockdown makes this so much worse. When this happens the parents and the children need safe places to go, like inside and outside play areas and libraries. Can schools be asked to help with this? Can other community spaces, like church halls, be made safe to be used?”
You can see the Chronicle article here.
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