What is an HMO?

See below for changes to licensing and how it might affect you.

Type of HMO

 

The Changes

When do I have to apply?

3 or 4 person HMO and do not have a licence

Additional Licensing Area will be extended to the whole City of Bath

From end of November 2018

Deadline 31 December 2018

5 or more person HMO with an Additional HMO licence

You need to apply for a

Mandatory HMO licence

From end of November 2018

Deadline 31 December 2018

5 or more person HMO with a mandatory HMO licence

None

When the current licence expires

5 or more person HMO without a HMO licence in BANES

You need to apply for a

Mandatory HMO licence

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*If you just purchased a HMO in the Additional Licensing Area, apply for a licence now.

Mandatory licensing

You need a licence if the property:

  • is occupied by five or more people; 
  • those people form two or more households; 
  • tenants share an amenity like a kitchen, bathroom or toilet.

Mandatory Licensing covers the whole of Bath and North East Somerset

Mandatory Licensed properties do not need an Additional Licence.

Additional licensing

Bath and North East Somerset Council introduced an Additional Licensing scheme on the 1st January 2014 and it will be extended city wide from 1st January 2019 for another five years.

What is Additional Licensing

You need a licence if the property is:

  • in the boundary of the City of Bath
  • and is occupied by three or four people; 
  • those people form two or more households; 
  • tenants share an amenity like a kitchen, bathroom or toilet.

New Additional Licensing area map

Additional Licences are not required for buildings converted entirely into self-contained flats (s257 HMOs), although the individual flats maybe licensable in their own right; purpose built student accommodation where the organisation which manages the building is subject to a national approved code of practice and the building in question is subject to that code.

Apply for a licence

 

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