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Selective Licensing - New licensing scheme

The proposal to introduce a new licensing scheme for landlords in Nottingham has now been formally confirmed by the Minster for Housing and Homelessness. The implementation date will be 1st August 2018. To help you prepare for this we have developed a number of resources and good practice guides

Details of the proposed scheme can be found here (Executive Board Report July 2017)

Councillor Jane Urquhart, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning and Housing, said: “Alongside building new houses and taking tough enforcement action against rogue landlords, we believe introducing a new licensing scheme for landlords is one of the most important measures we can take to improve the quality of housing in the city, which is why we made it a key objective in the Council Plan published last year.”

To find out whether your rental property is within the Selective Licensing designation please use the My Property website

Licence costs

Following the July Executive Board decision Councillor Urquhart said: “We have listened carefully to the issues raised in the consultation and made changes to the proposed scheme without losing focus on the improvements it sets to achieve in the overall standard of private rented housing in the city.  Reducing the cost of the licence for landlords who have accreditation creates even more of an incentive for landlords to obtain it to demonstrate that they meet the required standards so we would encourage them to make an application now via DASH or Unipol.”

The submission made to the Secretary State requests approval for a ‘Selective Licensing’ scheme which would require private landlords to obtain a licence demonstrating that they and their properties meet required standards. The proposed cost of the licence for landlords who already have accreditation, is £400 (reduced from £460 following feedback from landlords as part of the consultation). This would mean the cost of a licence for accredited landlords would reduce to £1.54 a week over the five years of the scheme. The proposed cost of a licence for non-accredited landlords is £655 per property for 5 years.  Whilst the fee may change prior to the implementation of the scheme, any changes in the fee are likely to be no more than 20% of fee proposed.

Further Information and Good Practice Guides

Accreditation can currently be obtained by landlords via the DASH schemeUnipol also offers a scheme. Both schemes provide accreditation for up to three years.

The Building Research Establishment Private Sector Housing stock survey for the City of Nottingham is now available on Nottingham insight and can be accessed here

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