In 2013 Bath and North East Somerset Council got approval to start an Additional Licensing Scheme in Oldfield, Westmoreland, Widcombe, and areas of Bathwick, Lyncombe, Southdown, and Twerton. This scheme is due to come to an end on 31st December 2018 and the Council are looking for effected parties to tell them what they think of HMOs and this licensing scheme.
All houses of multiple occupations (HMOs) which are 3 stories and above, house 5 or more people (not from the same family), and share facilities legally require a Mandatory HMO Licence. The introduction of an Additional Licensing scheme covers the HMO properties that are not covered by this licence. This licence requires a landlord and their property to meet specific standards including whether a landlord is ‘fit and proper’ to be a landlord. Additional licenses last up to 5 years.
Bath and North East Somerset Council are looking to renew this scheme, but before they do, they are running a survey to gather the opinions of all effective parties. This survey will be used to influence future Council decision on HMO licensing. Completed survey’s must be received by 16th June, by completing a survey you will be entered into a prize draw to win one of five £30 High Street Vouchers.
The survey can be completed here.
We urge our members to take part in this survey and get their opinions and experiences with this licensing scheme heard directly by the council, this is also the perfect opportunity to influence the council and their future plans for renewing this licensing scheme.
If you would to know more about Bath and North East Somerset Council’s current PRS licensing, visit their website here.
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