What is an HMO?

HMOs include shared houses, bedsits and buildings converted into self-contained flats.  Some HMOs with shared facilities must also be licensed.

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Consultation on the Housing Services Enforcement and Licensing Policy

Consultation on Additional HMO Licensing proposal 2018

Review of the 2014 Additional HMO licensing Scheme

Review of the 2014 scheme - survey results


New legal requirements 2018


HMO licensing

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Housing repairs and safety

HMO Management Regulations

Landlord and managers of HMOs must comply with management regulations. 

Management Regulations for HMOs (with shared facilities)

Management Regulations for HMOs converted into self-contained flats 

Planning controls for HMOs

Following concerns about the high impacts of HMOs on the social balance and mix of parts of the city the Council decided to use its rights to exert greater planning controls in relation to Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in Bath.  Anyone looking to purchase a family house in Bath that they might want to “buy to let” as an HMO is likely to require planning permission.  Where there is already a high concentration of HMOs on the street they may be unlikely to obtain planning permission to change use to an HMO. The details of the policy that planning applications will be decided on is defined in the Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) on HMOs in Bath, available along with further information from www.bathnes.gov.uk/hmo .

Letting Agents and Property Managers: Redress Scheme

How to join an approved scheme to avoid a fine of up to £5,000.

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