The Government has approved plans to introduce Selective Licensing in some areas of Nottingham this summer.
From August, landlords in two thirds of Nottingham will have to pay for a license if they want to rent their properties out. The cost of the license is still to be confirmed by Nottingham City Council.
The scheme will cover over 30,000 privately rented homes in Nottingham, which means 90% of privately rented homes will be affected.
Initially, the Council planned to introduce a borough wide scheme in Nottingham, and held a consultation on the plans, which the RLA responded to in March last year.
Following the responses to the consultation, the Council cut back on its plans before they were submitted to the Secretary of State.
I’m a landlord in Nottingham, what do I need to do?
To find out if your property is within the Selective Licensing area, landlords are advised to search for the address of the property using this online tool.
The council’s portfolio holder for planning, housing & heritage, cllr Jane Urquhart, said: ‘I’m pleased that Nottingham’s selective licensing proposal has been approved by the Government. In areas that are covered it will help to improve standards for private tenants and landlords will know exactly what they must do to be able to rent their properties out.
‘Having a Selective License will allow landlords to demonstrate that they provide good accommodation for tenants.’
The RLA doesn’t believe that Selective Licensing is the most effective way to tackle the issue of the minority of landlords who rent out sub standard properties. This is because it believes that the majority of law abiding landlords will have to pay a lot of money for often expensive licenses, while the minority of criminal landlords continue to operate below the radar.