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.