ACORN, the Association of Community Organisations for Reform Now, is campaigning for an extension to the licensing of private landlords in the city of Bristol.
Bristol City Council are consulting on whether to bring in a license for landlords renting out shared housing in Bristol. This would mean that those renting out Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMOs) would need to undertake more checks on the safety and state of shared housing.
Practically, this licensing would mean that shared housing could be checked by the council for bad conditions, protect tenants from eviction, create a public list of landlords and fine landlords not holding a license.
This scheme would be great news for tenants, as it would ensure good housing conditions in all areas of Bristol, including Montpelier, St Pauls and St Werburghs.
However, some landlords are protesting the extended license, as it would cost them money and force them to do repairs. In response, ACORN have set up a campaign to ask the council to follow through with these plans and go ahead with the proposed license.
You can find out more about this issue and sign the petition here.