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Selective Licensing Approved in East Staffordshire

India Cocking
Written by India Cocking

Following a consultation earlier this year, East Staffordshire have confirmed that they have been given approval to start a Selective Licensing in the area of DE14, inner Burton.

The scheme will come into force on 12th September 2017, private landlords will have to ensure that they have applied for a licence by this date. The fees are as follows:

Single property £450
House in Multiple Occupation (not subject to mandatory licensing) £550
Temporary Exemption Notice £50

East Staffordshire Council are offering a range of discounts:

Introductory Offer (complete application received within 6 weeks of the pilot coming into force) £100
Accredited Landlord Discount £50
Multiple Property (applies for the cost of the second and subsequent properties) £50

It has been confirmed that RLA Accreditation Scheme (RLAAS) members are eligible for the £50 discount. To find out more about becoming an accredited landlords with the RLA visit the RLAAS website here.

Selective Licensing was introduced under the Housing Act 2004. The Housing Act 2004 says that before introducing selective licensing to any area local Councils must consult with all affected people, such as tenants, residents, landlords, managing agents, businesses, Police, Fire Service, local Councillors etc.

Selective Licensing applies to all private rented sector houses that are not licensed under HMO licensing, this includes non licensable HMOs. An area may be designated for selective licensing either (i) if the area is (or is likely to be) an area of low housing demand or (ii) the area is experiencing a significant and persistent problem caused by anti social behaviour that local authorities attribute to private sector landlords failing to take action to combat against unruly tenants. A designation can last up to five years.

Alongside the licence fees, landlords will also have to declare that they are a fit and proper person to hold a licence and holders of the licence will be required to comply with licensing conditions, some of which are mandatorily imposed by the Housing Act, and local licensing conditions from the council itself.

The local authority have implemented several local conditions, which can be read here.

For full details of the new scheme visit the council’s website here.

If you are unsure whether selective licensing affects your properties please contact the council directly at housing@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk or by phone on 01283 508523 .

 

About the author

India Cocking

India Cocking

India is the Local Government Officer for the RLA. Having completed her degree in International Politics at Aberystwyth University, India is currently working on updating and maintaining the Local Authority Network. This is of importance as it strengthens communication and understanding between landlords, local authorities, and the RLA. India is working towards gathering concise and clear data from all 435 local authorities on their licencing, fees, news, events and contact details.

Before joining the RLA India worked at Martin and Co Lettings Agent in her home town of Derby, the Welsh Assembly, and her local MP, alongside helping her parents run the family buy-to-let business.

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