Controversial plans to introduce landlord licensing across swathes of Nottingham have been given the go-ahead – and are now being sent to the Secretary of State for approval.
The council’s executive board voted unanimously to approve the selective licensing scheme, which will see landlords pay up to £655 per home.
The scheme, as proposed initially, would have covered the whole of the city, but has since been amended to exclude some areas, meaning 3,700 properties will be exempt.
The council has also increased the incentive for landlords to become accredited. Initially the lower licensing fee was £460 per property, a figure which has been further reduced to £400 – an extra 13% off.
Licences will last for five years.
Councillor Jane Urquhart, the city council’s portfolio holder for planning, housing and heritage, said: “We have listened carefully to the issues raised in the consultation and made changes to the proposed scheme without losing focus on the improvements it sets to achieve in the overall standard of private rented housing in the city.
“Reducing the cost of the licence for landlords who have accreditation creates even more of an incentive for landlords to obtain it to demonstrate that they meet the required standards so we would encourage them to make an application.”
All licensing schemes which cover more that 20% of PRS properties or 20% of the geographic area of a town or city have to be approved by central government.
If it gets the go-ahead it will be introduced in the April next year.
The RLA is opposed to licensing, believing it merely punishes good landlords who pay for the licences, while the criminals continue to operate under the radar.
However, it welcomes the fact that the city council recognises the value of accreditation.
The RLA is holding a Principles of Letting course in Nottingham on August 9th.
For information and to book click here.
For more information about licensing in Nottingham visit our Local Authority Network pages here.