Oldfield Park February Focus



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.

Waste and recycling storage and the upkeep of gardens is a shared concern of both residents and Cllr Stephenson-McGall “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.”

Help keep Oldfield Park tidy: Great British Spring Clean

Oldfield Park Lib Dems - working hard all year round

Volunteers are needed on Saturday 23rd March 2019 between 10.00 a.m. and 12 noon to ‘Spring Clean’ Oldfield Park as part of a litter pick with the Student Community Partnership (SCP).

Cllr Shaun Stephenson-McGall said, “As Council budgets shrink, we can all play our part keeping Oldfield Park cleaner. Please contact me directly if you would like to volunteer.

Help fix problems in your road by reporting problems to me and via https://fix.bathnes.gov.uk. I can keep the pressure on the Council to resolve local issues and make our community even better. Join Shaun and Will to help clean up our community

Also if you have noisy neighbours or complaints about garden or waste management you can also contact the Council or the SCP directly:

B&NES Council Connect: 01225 394041 / [email protected]

SCP Community Liaison Coordinator: 01225 383419 / [email protected]

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 [email protected]

Full information on HMOs can be found at: www.bathnes.gov.uk/hmos

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