New licensing scheme approved

On the 6th of February Bristol City Council approved the new Bristol licensing schemes with them coming into effect from the 6th August 2024. As a reminder, all HMOs Bristol-wide will require an additional licence. And it’s not just HMOs, those that fall within a selective licensing area require a license even with just one tenant.

Additional Licencing

New Bristol licensing required for HMOs (Privately rented flats or houses that have 3 or 4 tenants living in 2 or more households.)

All Bristol wards will require the additional license, previously it was restricted to Ashley, Bishopston, Ashley Down, Central, Clifton, Clifton Down, Cotham, Easton, Horfield, Hotwells, Harbourside, Lawrence Hill, Redland, Southville and Windmill Hill. 

Selective Licencing

A license will be required for all private rental properties with 1 or more tenants for properties with Bishopston, Ashley Down, Cotham and Easton added to Bedminster and Brislington West which already have selective licensing requirements. 

Licensing is something we can help our landlords with. We have a dedicated HMO & Compliance expert that our landlords can reach out to for advice, and if you are managed, they’ll look after the whole process for you. There is also plenty of information on licensing on the website.

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