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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.

She is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and media review, and creating social media content. She also contributes to our members magazine, Residential Property Investor.


  • 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.

  • This ill thought up and rushed in and as I see it bullying licensing scheme has caused a lot of ill feeling with the landlords in Nottingham. The council is actually causing a divide between themselves and the landlords which is the opposite of what the scheme should be doing. The Nottingham Post which is the number one newspaper for the area has picked up on the schemes failings and has labelled it shambolic. There is now a petition for disgruntled landlords and tenants (whom may see their rent increase) go to Also see nottinghampost I am impressed that this newspaper is honest, truthful and not in the pocket of the bullying Nottingham City Council.

  • Having rented a property for 8 years and still have the original tenants whom rent the house for the same rent (yes no increase in 8 years) why should we have to comply to something when we know that they have a perfectly good deal. It’s had all the certificates updated every year where required, it’s fits all safety needs and the tenants are more than happy. If we have to fork out more money for a licence and attend training and complete so many tick boxes than our choice will be to sell. I’m sure many other small landlord concerns will be doing the same.

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