Oldfield Park Councillor, Shaun Stephenson-McGall says it's time for further regulation and inspection of HMOs.
In 2013, the Lib Dem run Council introduced a Houses of Multiple-Occupation (HMOs) licensing scheme across Oldfield Park. This has now been expanded across the whole city.
There are more than 1,000 HMOs across Oldfield Park, with the licenses costing £795 for five years covering minimum safety, welfare and management standards. But there are bad landlords out there.
Cllr Shaun Stephenson–McGall said, “I believe that the current checks of HMOs do not go far enough to protect tenants and the wider community. “It’s time to increase minimum standards of HMOs to include waste and recycling storage, upkeep of gardens, and homes, inside and out. We cannot allow a minority of bad landlords to continue to exploit their tenants and the community.
“With further cuts to budgets I’m concerned that there will be fewer inspections of HMOs, fewer enforcement actions and fewer prosecutions of bad landlords. It’s time for our two Universities to contribute to the policing of the safety and management standards, laid out in the licensing scheme, for the 3,000 HMOs in Oldfield Park and across the City.”
You can check to see if your home or an adjacent one is registered and licensed as an HMO. Type your postcode into the ‘Services in Your Area’ box via www.bathnes.gov.uk. You can report potentially unlicensed HMOs, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Full information on HMOs can be found at: www.bathnes.gov.uk/hmos
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