Consultation: additional licensing for houses of multiple occupation

Bristol City Council is proposing to introduce an Additional Licensing scheme for houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in the 12 wards that make up central Bristol – Ashley, Bishopston & Ashley Down, Central, Clifton, Clifton Down, Cotham, Easton, Hotwells & Harbourside, Lawrence Hill, Redland, Southville and Windmill Hill – with the aim to improve poor management and poor housing conditions. Totterdown is in Windmill Hill ward and will come under the new licensing scheme.

The scheme is important for Totterdown because, with the proposed new University campus at Temple Meads, it is likely that the number of HMOs in our area will increase. The new scheme would apply to all private rented houses or flats that are let to three or more people who aren’t related and who share some facilities, like kitchens or bathrooms. Landlords would need to apply for a licence and meet licensing conditions. Bristol City Council research shows that Houses in Multiple Occupation are most likely to be in poor condition and suffer poor management practices and would benefit from this type of intervention. Where properties are being managed badly and/or in poor condition this can affect the health, safety and wellbeing of tenants and/or neighbours, other residents and members of the public. A consultation about  the proposed scheme has just opened. To give your views click on the link below:

You can see the information booklet and map through the links below:

Information Booklet