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A Variation on a Licence
If you need to change your licensing details, you can apply for a variation on licence here.
What is a Selective licence?
One or more occupants forming one household (e.g. a family or a single individual) or;
Two unrelated individuals who form two households (e.g. two friends)
Why you need a Selective License
What licensing means for tenants
If someone rents a home in Nottingham City the landlord probably needs a license.
Tenants in Nottingham should only be renting from a landlord who has a license for the property, or who has applied for one. If you become of aware of an unlicensed property that’s being rented out then you can report it.
If a tenant is already living somewhere, and there is no license, and no application has been made for one, then they may be able to claim rent back from their landlord.
Are there any exemptions?
If you are in the process of selling your property and it falls within the designated area you can apply for a temporary exemption notice (TEN).
You can only make an application if you are the owner or person in control of the property.
A temporary exemption notice lasts for three months. You can renew for an extra three months in special circumstances. If the property still needs a licence after this period, you must apply for a property licence straight away.
For more information on temporary exemptions please view the document below.
Does my property require a licence?
The new Selective Licensing scheme does not cover all areas of the city. It’s estimated to cover over 30,000 privately rented homes in a designated area. It's really important that you check if your property is in a designated area.
Some properties, such as those managed by Housing Associations and Nottingham City Homes properties are exempt from licensing.
Fees and Discounts
|Fees for Selective Licensing||Fee||Description|
1st payment £460
|For non-accredited landlords|
|Fee for accredited properties||
1st payment £360
|The proposed licence holder is accredited with the Nottingham Standard (either Unipol or DASH)|
The Council will only give a refund if:
- a duplicate application has been made
- an application has been made for an exempted property by mistake
What if I don't licence my property?
It is against the law for any landlord to rent out a property in designated Selective Licencing areas without a licence. We will work with other partner agencies across Nottingham to find unlicensed properties and take legal action.
Previous landlord engagements
Landlord Forum 6th November 2018
- Legal Updates EMPO and NLA
- Joint Partnership Working N Galloway
- How to Lease or Sell Your Property to Nottingham City Homes (NCH)
- Selective Licensing Update
Landlord Forum 11th July 2019
Resources and good practice guides
- Selective Licensing FAQs Updated
- Final Licence Conditions June 2018
- Nottingham Integrated Housing Stock Modelling Report
- Selective Licencing Handbook Revised July 2018
- ASB Guidance for Landlords
- Public Notice for Designation of an Area for Selective Licensing
- Civil Penalties Enforcement Guidance
- Housing Enforcement and Compliance Policy & Guidance
- Public Register of licences
- Temporary Exemption Request Form
- Redacted public register
- How to let by GOV.UK
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.
I have a lot of properties to licence
Landlords with over 30 properties and agents with more than 120 properties can apply over 3 months.
You have a right to request any recorded information held by Nottingham City Council that is not personal information about yourself. Further information on how to make an FOI request can be found here.
Selective Licensing Team: 0115 876 1331, lines are open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm
9am to 5pm Monday to Friday