Dundee’s HMO saga looks set to continue, with more contentious licences up for approval.
The properties include a highly disputed property on Albert Street which has received seven objections.
A hearing will be held into the fitness of an unidentified company, referred to in council documents as Company J, to be a landlord.
Last week Sheriff Richard McFarlane ordered the city council to grant an HMO, house of multiple occupancy, licence in Forebank Road which had been declined.
This follows the news that February will bring a major review of how multiple occupancy properties are to be dealt with by Dundee City Council.
Councillor Stewart Hunter chairs the licensing committee which rules on HMO licences.
He said: “We will continue to look at HMOs on an individual basis to ensure that residents don’t cause any problems.
“We are well aware that if you look at the number of HMOs in Dundee, versus the number we have problems with, that it is a tiny minority who cause problems.”
Mr Hunter says the review into how the city tackles HMOs will try to resolve issues between students and residents and the ability to deal with problem households.
He said: “We must ensure that councillors have all the information on HMOs that they need, so that they can achieve a better balance in the city.”
On Thursday the licensing committee will evaluate seven applications for HMO licences.
Both James Ashton and Son Funeral Directors and Ancrum Windows and Blinds have lodged complaints about the Albert Street HMO.
The flat is already occupied and residents in the surrounding properties complain about noise and security.
Stephen Crabbe, in the flat above the problem property, said: “The noise and banging from the fire doors closing actually makes my floor shake.”