'Bristol Res' Blog • 28 June 2019
In April Bristol City Council announced that they would expand their property licensing scheme to include Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in 12 wards in central Bristol. Landlords were supposed to be able to complete their applications on-line in June with licensing becoming compulsory from July 8th.
A recent update to the council website however indicates a delay in the process and states that applications can be made from July and that applications must now be completed by 8th October 2019.
The definition of an HMO ( house of multiple occupation) being used by the council is a house or flat that is let to three or more people who aren’t related and who share some facilities, like kitchens or bathrooms.
The 12 wards that the licensing scheme has been extended to, under Part 2 of the Housing Act 2004, are Ashley, Bishopston and Ashley Down, Central, Clifton, Clifton Down, Cotham, Easton, Hotwells and Harbourside, Lawrence Hill, Redland, Southville and Windmill Hill.
The council states these wards have been identified as areas with high concentrations of HMOs and where housing and management standards are likely to be poor compared with the city as a whole.
Commenting on the new licensing scheme Paul Smith, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “I am delighted that this vital scheme is being rolled out across central Bristol. We know from experience that licensing is a good way to deal with issues of poor standards of accommodation and inefficient property management. Although most landlords are providing quality rented accommodation and a good service to their tenants, we are aware that a significant number of HMOs are being poorly managed and maintained in these areas.”
It is also worth noting that the price the council have placed on this licensing service is £1255 per property for a 5 year license ! Details of the charges can be found here.
As soon as the application process goes live The Bristol Residential Letting Co will be contacting all affected landlords of those properties managed by The Bristol Residential Letting co and assisting them through the process. If you have any questions regarding the process or your property is not managed by us and you would like some guidance then please feel free to drop us an e mail.
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A report about the future development of Temple Island is set to go before cabinet next week for the first time since plans were scrapped for the arena on the site last year.
Following the meeting last September when the idea of having the arena in the centre of the city was thrown out the council have been keen to push forward plans for a mixed use development in conjunction with Legal and General.
Designed by Zaha-Hadid Architects (ZHA), Legal & General’s proposals included a state of the art conference centre, a 345-room hotel, 550 new homes -including 220 new affordable – and two major “Grade A” office buildings on the five acre site
On the 2nd July Bristol City Council Cabinet Members will be asked to give approval for “continued discussions” between the council and investment management company L&G, which will have exclusive development rights over the site if an agreement goes ahead.
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