What is an HMO?

Mandatory licensing

You need a licence if the property has:

  • 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.

*At present the mandatory licensing scheme applies to HMOs with 3 or more storeys.  The definition will change to remove the storey condition so that all HMOs with 5 occupants and shared facilities will require a licence. This will take place from 1 October 2018.

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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