'Bristol Res' Blog • 05 September 2019
Following a decision, made earlier this year by Bristol City Council, landlords who rent properties to 3 sharers or more in the 12 central wards of Bristol will need a license
The Central Bristol Licensing scheme requires landlords to apply for a license before the 8th October or face penalties up to and including a £30,000 fine.
All properties managed by The Bristol Residential Letting Co that fall within the licensing net have had their applications commenced. However, with only 1 month to go before the fine can be imposed there are many Bristol landlords who are yet to do anything towards their application.
Although expensive the application process is actually straight forward, It comes in 2 parts and requires 2 payments totaling £1255 for the 5 year license.
First payment : £414 – payable when submitting the licence application.
Second payment : £841 – payable upon successful application prior to the issuing of the licence.
A discount of £200 is available on the second payment if the EPC, EICR and Gas Safety certificates are submitted for the property along with the landlord being a member of an approved scheme.
It is worth noting that the licensing requirements apply to all properties with existing tenancies and is not just applicable to new tenancies
Whilst the councils aim is to improve the standard of rented properties within the 12 wards there is no requirement to complete any work prior to applying for a license. The council have stated that they will conduct an inspection of the property in the next 5 years and advise on any necessary improvements following that.
Any landlord who has questions regarding the licensing scheme or who requires help to complete their application form are welcome to contact me for complimentary advice.
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Known as ‘The Wave’, this inland surfing destination will allow participants to surf and bodyboard on consistent safe waves every day of the year, providing over 1000 waves an hour.This latest attraction to Bristol has been in the making for 7 years. It will be located next to the village of Easter Compton, near Cribbs Causeway on the outskirts of Bristol. The lake is designed to accommodate both advanced surfers and complete novices, as the wave technology allows for different wave patterns to be produced.
Surf sessions are currently being sold in preparation for the opening day. A session is expected to cost £40 for an adult and £30 for a child. There are also options for coaching sessions on site. Tickets can be bought through this link. Alongside the 185 meter long lake there will also be a restaurant, surf shop, gardens for visitors to explore and 25 glamping pods to be used as accommodation.
The Wave Bristol is expected to generate extra national focus on the City of Bristol as keen surfers come from inland locations around England to experience this safe, regulated way of surfing.
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