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