Licensing for Landlords
Nottingham City Council Licensing Schemes
We run three different Licensing Schemes; Mandatory, Additional and Selective.
The licence that you need depends on where the property you rent is, and how many people or households live there.
When you apply for a licence, we will work out which Scheme your property comes under based on the answers you give us.
You can check if your property needs a licence.
The scheme came into force on 1 August 2018. If you rent a property in Nottingham you'll probably need a licence. The scheme is estimated to cover over 30,000 privately rented homes in a designated area.
Additional Licensing requires houses in multiple occupation (HMO's) shared by 3 or more people (forming 2 or more households) who share or lack a WC, cooking or personal hygiene facilities and are located within an Additional Licensing area of the City to hold a licence.
Mandatory licensing requires houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) shared by 5 or more people, forming 2 or more households, who share or lack a WC, cooking or personal hygiene facilities, located anywhere in the City to hold a licence.
Please remember that licences are given for individual properties so you need one for all of the properties that you rent out. They can’t be transferred between properties or people either, so a new owner needs a new licence too.
View our guide on a checklist of things you should do before renting a property.
You’ll be able to use the Nottingham Standard logo for your marketing and will also pay the lowest licence application fee if you need a Mandatory or Additional (HMO) licence.
You can apply for each licence here. The pages also tell you the documents you must provide to get a licence, such as Gas Safety, EICR, EPC and proof that you have the right to remain in the UK.
You can apply for a licence before you rent your property. You should do this because once the property is being rented, if you haven’t applied for a licence, you could be committing an offence and you risk the following:
- A Civil Penalty Notice of up to £30,000
- Your tenants or the Council applying for a Rent Repayment order
This could end up with 100% of a year’s worth of rent being paid back to the tenant or the Council.
- A prosecution including an unlimited fine and a criminal record
- Being put on the ‘National Rogue Landlord Database’
- Being banned from working as a landlord (and losing the license to rent anywhere in England) for at least 12 months, and in some cases indefinitely