Bristol City Council has announced that a discretionary licensing scheme to cover the Easton and Lawrence Hill area will come into force with effect from the 15th April 2013.
The deadline for licence applications will be the 15th July 2013.
There are two types of discretionary licensing, and landlords affected by the new rules will need one or the other:
- Additional licensing – means that some HMOs will need a licence. A HMO is a house or flat that is let to people who are not related and who share some facilities, like kitchens or bathrooms. Larger HMOs, with five or more tenants and three or more floors, already need licences. Under additional licensing, the council could decide that some smaller HMOs will also need a licence.
- Selective licensing – means that other privately rented accommodation not affected by additional licensing would need a licence.