Discretionary Licenses in Bristol
Areas new legislation apply to Eastville & St George
Some of you may have been aware in 2013 Bristol City Council decided to bring in new legislation require landlords to apply for Selective and Additional license for any properties which were rented out in the some parts of Easton and the Stapleton Road Area.
The idea behind the legislation was to tackle poor condition properties being rented and also anti-social behaviour. A survey conducted by the council linked Anti-Social behaviour with properties being poorly managed by landlords and in some cases agents.
A recent cabinet meeting was held in February 2016 where they had declared to roll out the areas in which Discretionary licenses are currently being operated to EASTVILLE & ST GEORGE WARDS.
This will affect any properties within the ward areas which are already tenanted and also properties which are going to be on the market for rent.
The council will start taking application from 6th April 2016 for landlord to apply. The deadline is 30th September 2016, If your property has been let since 1 July 2016 and Bristol City Council don't get your application until after 30 September 2016, your property will be counted as unlicensed. You'll have to pay a higher fee and won't be eligible for the reward listed.
There are 2x types of Licenses available, As you start to apply online, the Bristol City Council website will confirm which one you will need to apply for.
Do take caution if you fill in any of the fields incorrectly you may end up applying for the wrong license.
Below is a brief description of what they are.
Selective License - Which is for properties which are generally occupied by one household and usually applies to privately rented properties occupied under a single tenancy or bedsits with individual tenancies.
Additional License - This would be applicable where your property is rented to 3 or more un-related people, living in 2 or more households and sharing some basic facilities.
Cost associated with obtaining the license
Fees for a Selective License
Fees for a Additional License
|Unlicensed property fee (if found by Bristol City Council and no application has been submitted)
| Fee for a new application. This is only for:
• properties that have been let before 1 July 2016, when an application is made before 30 September 2016
• or new landlords who make an application within 28 days of the property being let for the first time after 30 September 2016
| Reward for compliant landlord:
A current satisfactory gas safety certificate, a current electrical installation condition report (with no defects under category 1 or 2) and a valid energy
| Fee paid by complaint landlord (Grand total)
Fee for an additional licence for a property found to be unlicensed
£1550 paid upfront
Upfront fee for a new application. This is only for:
properties that have been let before 1 July 2016, when an application is made before 30 September 2016
or new landlords who make an application within 28 days of the property being let for the first time after 30 September 2016
Reward for compliant landlords
A current satisfactory gas safety certificate, a current electrical installation condition report (with no defects under category 1 or 2) and a valid energy performance certificate (EPC). Fire alarm and Emergency lighting certificates will also be required where applicable.
Fee paid by compliant landlords
Doesn't include landlords of 'unlicensed' properties.
Question and answers
Will the council prosecute me should they find any issues with my property?
A: No, We find' once someone from the council has inspected the property if there are any hazards to issues, they will confirm this in writing what these are and also give you adequate time to resolve any issues. It only when you decide not to take any action by the deadline set by the council. We find they are great to work with, and as long as your communicating with them you should have any problems.
What happens if I don’t license my property?
A: After 30th September 2016, if you are found to let your property without a license you will have to pay a unlicensed property fee. Please note that further fines and penalties can be imposed if no action is taken.
What the deadline?
A 30th September 2016. We recommend to start the process now
How can Lets Rent help?
As one of the larger agencies operating in Easton, we have already helped many landlords with their application for the license since they were 1st introduced. We can arrange to put in place all of the requirements to satisfy the council that you’re a compliant Landlord. We can also assist with any other works that they request as we have a great selection of tradesmen qualified for all maintenance needs.
Here are some usual links
Bristol City Council License Dept
List of Streets that will need to apply - Click here
We have a team of expert qualified staff with superb local knowledge
that are here to assist any landlord who has a property to let in the Bristol area. If you find these changes a bit overwhelming and don’t know where to start. Just pick up the phone and speak to one of our friendly staff members, who will be more than happy assist you.
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