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 is Selective licensing needed?
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.
Apply for a selective license
Completing this form should take around 60 minutes.Apply for a selective license
A Variation on a Licence
If you need to change your licensing details, you can apply for a variation on licence here.
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.
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 up to March 2019
- 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.
Information for tenants
People in Nottingham have a right to expect a decent and safe standard of private rented accommodation. The new selective licensing scheme aims to raise housing standards in the private rented sector to provide quality housing for all.
Why the Scheme is needed
Evidence suggests that too many people in Nottingham are paying rent on private properties that are not safe or of a decent standard. A report by the Building Research Establishment (Sept 2016) estimated that 21% of Nottingham’s private rented properties are likely to have ‘Category 1’ hazards including exposed wiring, dangerous boilers, cold bedrooms, leaking roofs, mould or vermin infestation. The full report can be downloaded here.
Landlords who do not apply for a licence or do not meet the required standards may be putting tenants' safety and long term health and wellbeing at risk.
What will it mean for me, if I rent a property in the area enforced by the licence?
- Selective licensing will improve the management of privately rented properties and contribute positively to improving neighbourhoods
- Properties may be inspected at some point during the five year scheme. The Council will notify tenants in writing before it does this. The landlord may be required to make improvements to the property after this inspection
- Homes should be kept safe, secure and in a good state of repair. Tenants may see economic benefits, for example, reduced heating bills as house maintenance and conditions improve
- The scheme will also help protect vulnerable groups of tenants, who often live in private rented homes, which are poorly managed and maintained
Will the scheme mean landlords will increase rents?
The licence fee will cost landlords £480 if they have Nottingham Standard accreditation and £780 if they haven’t got accreditation. Licences last up to 5 years.
The Council believes that the fee should not lead to landlords increasing rent. The Council recognises however that some landlords may choose to do this. The Council has worked hard to offer lower fees to accredited landlords, with savings of £300 on the licence applications fee. If landlords do increase rents, this should be following the correct, legal procedures and should not exploit this opportunity.
Income from the licence fees goes towards the cost of setting up, operating and delivering the schemes. The Council is not permitted to make a profit from the scheme.
When will it start?
The scheme will officially start on 1 August 2018, but we will be accepting applications from landlords from the beginning of July 2018.
Where does the money from the licence fee go?
Income from licence fees goes towards the cost of setting up, operating and enforcing the scheme. The Council is not permitted to make a profit from the scheme.
How can I check if a property is included in the licensing scheme?
The scheme covers 90% of rented properties in the city. To find out more and check if a property falls within the licence scheme area, please visit: geoserver.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/myproperty/
If you rent a property, which is within the area covered, ask your landlord if they know about the scheme.
It is a legal requirement for landlords to apply for a licence. Failure to do so can lead to financial penalties of up to £30,000 or unlimited fines if prosecuted through the courts.
Where to go for further help and advice
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