Slough Borough Council is to introduce a new property licensing scheme in the town this July.
The new scheme will mean that all landlords of Houses of Multiple Occupation in Slough will be required to obtain a licence in order to rent out the property lawfully.
In addition to this, a new selective licensing scheme will be introduced, covering parts of the Chalvey and Central wards.
The Council estimates that in Central and Chalvey wards, 50% of all homes are privately rented accommodation.
Early-bird discount for landlords
Landlords who apply for a property licence early will be able to receive a discount, the Council has confirmed.
Landlords who apply for an Additional Licence, required for all houses in multiply occupation properties, before 1 October will be able to make the most of an early bird discount. They will only be required to pay £450 for a HMO of up to six rooms. There will be an additional charge of £30 per extra room after the initial six.
Licence applications made before 1 October under the Selective Licensing Scheme, for all rental properties within a designated area, will be subject to a charge of just £200. Licences last for up to five years.
For more information about the new scheme, including the boundaries for the new selective licensing scheme, click here.