20 Dec 2021

Bristol council has approved plans to introduce licensing in more parts of the city.

Additional Licensing and Selective Licensing schemes will be applied on different parts of  the Brislington West, Bedminster and Horfield locations.

This follows what the council calls “the success of the licensing schemes in Stapleton Road, Easton and in St George West, Eastville and 12 wards in the centre of the city.”

Councillor Tom Renhard, responsible for housing, says: “We take the wellbeing of people renting properties across the city very seriously and we want everyone to feel confident that their home is safe and fit for habitation.

“Living in a home that is in poor condition, or being badly managed, can have a negative impact on the health and wellbeing of tenants.

“We have evidence that shows that licensing schemes have proved to be successful across the city, and we are really pleased that we are going to now be able to improve standards of accommodation and tackle bad management practices in three more wards.

“While we know that there are landlords providing good quality rented accommodation, we are aware that a significant number of HMOs not covered by mandatory licensing are being poorly managed and maintained in these areas.

“We now have extra powers to take action, and we would encourage all landlords to work with us to help protect vulnerable tenants and make people across the city more comfortable in their homes.”

A 10-week public consultation about the proposals ran earlier this year, which the council claims found 58.65 per cent of respondents either agreed or strongly agreed with the extra schemes.

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