HMOs under scrutiny
The introduction of tougher rules for landlords who own shared houses has been discussed by councillors.
Members of Bath and North East Somerset Council's housing and major projects policy development and scrutiny panel met this week to look at proposals for increased licensing on houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).
The idea is that it will improve safety and living conditions in the 6,000 HMOs across B&NES, many of which are used by students and young professionals.
A report which went before the panel on Tuesday night included the results of a formal consultation on the matter, which revealed that residents were in favour of the scheme, while landlords, who could face new charges of up to £600 a property, were less convinced.
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It also revealed that the area's HMO rate was now more than three times the national average.
The parts of the city most affected are the wards of Westmoreland, Oldfield and Widcombe, where it is thought up to 1,400 properties would be subject to any additional licensing.
The final decision on whether to introduce the new licensing will be made by the council's cabinet and is expected to take place in June.