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RLA raises concerns over Nottingham Selective Licensing Scheme

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

The RLA has written to Nottingham Council outlining concerns over both the Council’s draft application requirements and the draft licensing conditions for its Selective Licensing Scheme.

In the letter, which can be read here the RLA outlines why it believes the scheme, announced for parts of the city last year, is not the best way forward.

Selective Licensing is due to come into force in August 2018 in areas of Nottingham, including: Arboretum, Bestwood, Bulwell, Bulwell Forest, Basford, Berridge, Bridge, Clifton North, Clifton South, Dales, Dunkirk and Lenton, Leen Valley, Mapperley, Radford and Park, Sherwood, St Ann’s, Wollaton East and Lenton Abbey.

The designation is due to last until 31st July 2023, and subject to certain exemptions all private sector landlords within the area covered by the designation will need to apply to the council for a license, before their properties can be let.

The RLA has raised concerns relating to several parts of the application, including insurance and disclosure certificates.

The council has published details of which documents will be required to support a licence application on its website, set out in the council’s ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ document – most recently updated on 12th March 2018.

The RLA wishes to raise objections to the following requirements:

  • Evidence of landlord insurance for the property
  • Basic disclosure certificate – i.e. a criminal record check
  • Energy Performance Certificates where the property is a listed building

The reasons for these objections are explained in the letter.

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About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

With a degree in Journalism, she is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and creating social media content.

Before joining the RLA, Victoria worked in the University of Salford’s press office, and during University she represented Smooth Radio at events across the North West, as a member of the street team.


  • Many other concerns:
    – timing: what is the need for licensing to be obtained by August when the criteria are not final yet. As the requirements are quite stringent in some cases owners may need to certify/upgrade.
    – obligations too stringent in some cases and benefits not clear (e.g. locks on Windows may not be needed on 5th floor)
    – Not clear why the holder needs to be UK resident. This is (for now) in contrast with freedom of movement regulations. In addition what can a resident in isle of wight do more than a resident in Paris in letting an apartment?
    – not clear what happens for landlords which are companies (e.g whose criminal record is required, who has to do ‘trainng’)

    In addition the plan to inspection 50% of properties is an exaggeration consistent with police state, whose costs are , in council documents, a team of 30+ people to be employed by council and paid by renters

  • I feel that selective licensing should be imposed only in the most contentious areas of large towns and cities. Recent onerous leglislation has and will have virtually eliminated most of the rogue landlords operating in the buy to let housing arena. There now really isn’t much incentive for new landlords to enter the market, especially with the considerable increase in red tape which threatens to engulf us landlords whom are merely trying to provide a pension for ourselves so as not to be a burden on the state in old age.

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