18 Mar

Crackdown on illegal multiple occupation houses to rent in Bristol

Crackdown on illegal multiple occupation houses to rent in Bristol

Landlords offering multiple occupation apartments to rent in Bristol, Somerset must have a license or they will face prosecution.

Fines of up to £20,000 will be issued by the local authority to owners of property to rent in Bristol that are three or more storeys in height and are occupied by five or more tenants.

Bristol City Council is cracking down on landlords managing this kind of accommodation, of which there are currently around 1,300 requiring licenses that local enforcement officers are aware of.

Cabinet member for strategic housing and regeneration Anthony Negus explained: "I am determined that the minority of landlords who fail to meet their duties to tenants by providing unacceptable living conditions, or who are responsible for properties which blight local communities, are brought to book."

Multiple occupation licensing has been in operation in the city since April 6th 2006 and expire after five years.

Many landlords with houses to rent in Bristol will therefore need to re-apply for their licenses this year, which has prompted this latest council warning. ADNFCR-1222-ID-800468834-ADNFCR

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