HMOs include shared houses, bedsits and buildings converted into self-contained flats. Some HMOs with shared facilities must also be licensed.
HMO Management Regulations
Landlord and managers of HMOs must comply with management regulations.
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
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