B&NES Additional Licensing Proposal!

Filed in Bath by on 14th March, 2018 0 Comments

This is a must read for all landlords and in particular those with small Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO’s) in Bath City.

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Bath and North East Somerset Council is proposing to introduce an Additional (HMO) Licensing scheme for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) across the whole of Bath City.

Licensable HMOs that would be included in the scheme would have 3 or more occupiers from 2 or more households where there is sharing of a basic amenity such as a bathroom, WC or kitchen, regardless of the number of stories.

The scheme would run for a period of 5 years during which the Council would undertake a review of the scheme. At the end of the 5 years the scheme ceases to exist unless the Council designate a further scheme following and appraisal of the evidence of need and public consultation exercise.

The objectives of the scheme would be to achieve:
 minimum standards of safety and welfare or better for HMO residents;
 effective and appropriate management of HMOs;
 a reduction of the impact of poorly managed HMOs on local communities;
 the provision of support for landlords and agents to meet their objectives;
 high levels of compliance with licence conditions; and
 effective enforcement of the scheme.

A copy of the full proposal can be read here.

Once you have read the proposal please provide B&NES with feedback via their Consultation Survey.

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Rob Crawford is the chairman of the Association of Local Landlords (Wessex). Rob is a practicing landlord with a property portfolio that includes small private residential properties and HMO's. Rob is a qualified letting agent and former owner of Kingfisher Lettings & Management. He is now a share holder of the successful online lettings company Lettingsupermarket.com.

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