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HMO Licence Bristol – HMO Advice

Complying with HMO Licence Bristol requirements can be both confusing and stressful – but expert help is at hand: HMO Advice Bristol offer unique, cost-effective HMO Licence Application Services for local landlords of shared accommodation properties.


HMO Licence Bristol


Located approximately 190 km (118 miles) to the west of London, the county and city of Bristol in the South West of England borders South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and South Wales, which lies just beyond the Severn Estuary.

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Founded more than 1,000 years ago, Bristol is steeped in history and boasts a wealth of historic and architectural sites, with some of the city’s most famous landmarks including the Wills Memorial Building, Bristol Cathedral and the SS Great Britain; Cabot Tower & Brandon Hill and, of course, the city’s symbol, Clifton Suspension Bridge.


Bristol also has a thriving historic and current art scene, an award-winning nightlife (Purple Flag Status) and outstanding shopping facilities, with the £500million Cabot Circus shopping centre alone having secured the city a spot in the UK’s top 10 retail destinations.


Major institutions of further and higher education in Bristol include the South Gloucestershire & Stroud College, City of Bristol College and the University of Bristol; UWE Bristol (University of the West of England), a University of Law campus and the Trinity and Bristol Baptist Theological Colleges.


Named by the government as one of the UK’s six science cities in 2005, Bristol has a thriving high-tech/low carbon industry and, claiming to have the largest concentration of computer chip manufacturers and designers outside Northern California’s famous Silicon Valley, draws much of its highly skilled workforce directly from its universities.


The UK’s only city with a wealth per capita rate higher than that of the entire country, Bristol is also part of one of the UK’s largest aerospace hubs, which centres predominantly on GKN (Filton Airfield), Rolls Royce and Airbus, as well as being home to BBC West’s headquarters, the Natural History Unit of the BBC, Aardman Animations studio and several radio stations.


Combining excellent educational facilities and a thriving industry, Bristol naturally attracts vast numbers of international students and professionals – many of whom seek the cost-effectiveness and convenience of shared accommodation. Landlords catering for this demand by offering properties for multiple occupation must obtain HMO licences.


HMO Licensing Bristol


Changes in HMO legislation brought into action in October 2018 mean landlords are required to obtain HMO licences for properties occupied by at least 5 tenants forming two or more households (learn more).


The introduction of HMO Licensing Bristol schemes has further complicated the process of licensing an HMO property for landlords in the city by introducing not only mandatory, but also additional and selective licenses, as well as an additional licensing scheme for Central Bristol.


From the 8th of July 2019 through to 2024, this Central Bristol scheme will require all landlords privately renting out HMO properties within the Central Bristol area to obtain licences under the Housing Act 2004, Part 2.


Detailed information on these schemes, which areas they apply to and which licence/s to obtain for any given HMO property can be found at Bristol.Gov.UK


HMO Licence Application Services Bristol


HMO Advice Bristol have the experience and know-how to help you successfully apply for and obtain HMO licences for your shared accommodation properties within the Bristol area.

To learn more and take advantage of our unique HMO Licence Application Services Bristol Management Package, give us a call on 0330 1137 267 today.

What is a HMO?

A HMO is basically a ‘house in multiple occupation’. In other words, it is a complete house/flat that is let to 3 tenants or more who are:

  • Forming 2 or more households*
  • Sharing a kitchen, bathroom and/or toilet

*See HERE for more detailed information and a definition of what constitutes a household.

Do I require a HMO Licence?

Whether a HMO licence is required for a property varies between councils and depends on whether your relevant local council operates an additional licensing scheme. Our HMO Guidance Service could be the perfect solution for you. Are you unsure if an HMO license is required? Learn more HERE.

What Happens if I Fail to Apply for a HMO Licence?

Failure to obtain a HMO licence is a punishable offence and may result in prosecution with potentially serious penalties and sanctions. You can find more detailed information on the possible consequences of failing to obtain a licence HERE.

How Can I Get a HMO Licence?

Obtaining a HMO Licence is a 4-step process involving:

  • Assessment of Your Property According to Your Local Authority’s Standards
  • Licence Application
  • Upgrading Your Property Where Required
  • Signing Off

Learn more HERE.

For more detailed information and/or to discuss your specific needs, please do not hesitate to call our representatives on Tel.: 020 3950 8834 today.

You can also contact us and specify how you would like to be responded to, either by phone or email.

For more advice and assistance, You can find answers to many commonly asked questions on our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ page.