What is an HMO?

HMO licensing

Fire safety

Housing repairs and safety

HMO Management Regulations

Management Regulations for HMOs (with shared facilities)

Management Regulations for HMOs converted into self-contained flats 

HMO licence online applications


Public Consultation Report on an Additional HMO Licensing Scheme for Bath City 2018 Summary

Notification of Bath City Additional HMO Licensing Area 2019 - 2023

New Additional Licensing area map

Designation of Bath City Additional HMO Licensing Area

Letting Agents and Property Managers: Redress Scheme

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

Works to remedy Category 1 hazards found during inspections

  • Works specified in HHSRS works agreements and improvement notices should be carried out in accordance with the specified timescales, having regard to The Guidance for Landlords and Tenants

  • Contractors, agents and landlords to take precautions to avoid virus transmission and include in health and safety risk assessments and action plans

  • If you have any concerns about compliance with work that we have asked you to carry out and which should have been completed during the Covid-19 crisis, please contact the housing standards duty officer. 

Gas and electrical safety

Where gas safety and electrical certificates become due, these should be arranged, subject to above guidance to prevent transmission.  Many student properties in Bath are now empty and would be safe to work in, however appropriate notice should be given to tenants prior to access.  Please see page 19 of The Guidance for Landlords and Tenants.

For any urgent issues please phone 01225 396444.

Our lines are open 8:30-17:00 Monday-Thursday; 8:30-16:30 Friday

Otherwise contact us by email: Housing@bathnes.gov.uk

Please see below Guidance on social distancing

Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK 

Please see current guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities in the context of Coronavirus (Covid-19)

COVID-19 and renting: guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities

COVID action update for HMO Landlords and Agents

Please read the action card which gives information on what to do if you become aware that a student tenant living in your accommodation has tested positive for COVID 19.  You can inform the Universities as requested by contacting the student community partnership using the link below.


Other key communications from the Universities on COVID precautions and related information can be found in the links below.

Be Safe messaging from the University of Bath:


Joint letter from the Universities and Students’ Unions to our student community: https://www.bath.ac.uk/announcements/a-letter-to-our-student-community/

COVID -19-advice Bathspa


Bath Spa are asking everyone at the University to commit to the Bath Spa Community Pledge to reinforce the core values of the University and as a reminder to be good, respectful and compassionate citizens.   

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