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Central Ward Licensing – Bristol Buy to Let

Oct 5th 2022

Under Part 2 of the Housing Act 2004 from 8 July 2019 to 2024 all privately rented HMOs in the Central Bristol area will require a licence

From 8 July 2019 to 2024 all privately rented HMOs in the Central Bristol area will require a licence

  • under Part 2 of the Housing Act 2004
  • You can apply for a licence from Now.

The Central Bristol licensing scheme covers the 12 wards:

  • Ashley
  • Bishopston and Ashley Down
  • Central
  • Clifton
  • Clifton Down
  • Cotham
  • Easton
  • Hotwells and Harbourside
  • Lawrence Hill
  • Redland
  • Southville
  • Windmill Hill


  • Licencing applies to privately rented flats or houses with three or more unrelated people, living in two or more households and sharing some basic facilities.
  • Co-habiting couple would be classed as 1 household.
  • Rules apply regardless of no. floor in property
  • Deadline – Landlords can submit their applications 8thJuly 2019 with a deadline until the 31st Oct 2019

Requirements for your property

  • EPC
  • Gas safety certificate
  • Satisfactory hardwire electrical certificate 5 yrs
  • Interlinked smoke alarms
  • West of England – Code of Good Management Practice
  • Costs Part 1 £414 & part 2 £841 (discounted £150 if compliant)
  • Penalties up to £30k


  • Ensure you check to see if your property is affected, you may get
  • Areas such as St Pauls, St Werburghs, Redfield, St Andrews are not listed on the Bristol City Council website but are in fact highlighted on the ward map
  • The onus is on you the “Landlord”. Lets Rent can not apply on your behalf, we be more than happy to assist with any of your questions regarding your tenancies
  • Lets rent Bristol will not be held liable for any landlords who do not apply for a license or have applied for the incorrect licence(s) for their properties.

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