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Brighton Residents Call for Student Housing Petition

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Residents in Brighton have shown their support for a citywide petition to be launched calling for action over the "studentification" of areas with a lack of housing for families.

Residents from a number of streets in the Kemp Town area of Brighton have expressed concerns over the rising number of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in the area.

Locals argue the increased number of landlords turning family homes into HMOs is breaking down the community and hope to get an Article Four introduced in the area.

After listening to the concerns of residents, Lloyd Russell-Moyle, MP for Kemptown and Peacehaven, suggested there should be a citywide petition to put pressure on the Government to rethink limitations placed upon landlords operating HMOs.

He added: "Private landlords are the ones causing the vast amount of problems."

"Some issues need to be about enforcement and some of these issues need to be about engaging with the universities and landlords."

The issues raised by residents will be discussed by members of the tourism, development and culture committee on June 21.