B&NES Additional Licensing Proposal!

Filed in Bath, Landlords by on 14th March, 2018 1 Comment

Latest news, 5th Sept 2018: B&NES Local Council Cabinet has approved the proposed Bath City wide additional licensing scheme. Following the recent R Gaskin v Richmond upon Thames case, the the licensing fee structure has changed and will now be split into two parts. Part 1 £500 on application and; Part 2 the remainder of the fee less any relevant discounts on issue of the licence.

The consultation period is now closed. Please find our response to the consultation here: ALL Wessex Response to BANES Additional Licensing Proposal May 2018.

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

Please add your comments and join in the debate on our facebook page.

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.

About the Author ()

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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  1. Anne says:

    I fear it is just a way of Bath raising its revenue, the Council thinks up schemes all the time to fleece people as well as the council tax charges, parking, possibly driving through the City, fines for doing little wrong. Landlords are always in the firing line for some scheme following the paying of full council tax on empty properties which may require work to update them. Shops in the centre are suffering with their rents too, closing fast.

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