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Nottingham Starts Selective Licensing Consultation

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India Cocking
Written by India Cocking

Nottingham City Council has begun the consultation for a city wide selective licensing scheme – with each licence set to cost landlords £600 per rental home.

The scheme was approved on the 22 November 2016 and consultation will take place with tenants, residents, landlords, and other interested parties from January 2017 to March 2017.

If approved the scheme will be one of the largest in the country, with Nottingham home to 43,000 privately rented properties. If each of these required a full-price licence the scheme would net the council more than £25 million.

The Council has defended the scheme claiming that it has received over 4,500 complaints in the last four years from solely private rented sector properties, about problems ranging from dangerous electrical wiring, cockroach infestations, lack of windows and to smoke alarms not working.

A report to the Council on 22 November highlighted that poorly managed and maintained properties in areas that also have a high proportion of private rented housing see higher levels of crime and anti-social behaviour.

The scheme would require private landlords to obtain a licence demonstrating that they and their properties meet required standards. The proposed standard licence fee is £600 per property with a discount of £140 for accredited landlords. Whilst the fee may change prior to any submission being made to the Secretary of State to approve the scheme, any changes in the fee are likely to be no more than 20% of fee proposed.

Councillor Jane Urquhart, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning and Housing, said: “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.”

The scheme could be introduced from Spring 2018.

For landlords, agents and owners there are 2 specific consultation events being held at the Council House, Old Market Square, NG1 2DT

1pm to 3pm, 21 February 2017 in the Dining Room

4pm to 6pm, 22 February 2017 in the Ball Room

 

To learn more about the consultation proposed by Nottingham City Council and to have your say visit: http: www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/housing/private-sector-housing/selective-licensing/

To keep up to date with news, events, and licensing in Nottingham visit their Local Authority Network page: https://www.rla.org.uk/lanetwork/partner.shtml?nottingham-city-council

About the author

India Cocking

India Cocking

India is the Local Government Officer for the RLA. Having completed her degree in International Politics at Aberystwyth University, India is currently working on updating and maintaining the Local Authority Network. This is of importance as it strengthens communication and understanding between landlords, local authorities, and the RLA. India is working towards gathering concise and clear data from all 435 local authorities on their licencing, fees, news, events and contact details.

Before joining the RLA India worked at Martin and Co Lettings Agent in her home town of Derby, the Welsh Assembly, and her local MP, alongside helping her parents run the family buy-to-let business.

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