It is estimated that over 32,000 properties in Nottingham are set to come within the scope of selective licensing when a large new scheme comes into force in the city this week.
From Wednesday 1st August 2018, landlords in many areas of Nottingham will be required to obtain a licence in order to rent out their property lawfully.
The new selective licensing scheme is set to last for five years, and Nottingham City Council is urging those landlords who have not yet applied for a licence to do this immediately.
How to find out if you’re affected and apply for a licence
A licence will cost £480 for landlords who have Nottingham Standard accreditation, and £780 for those without. Failure to obtain a licence could mean that landlords risk fines as high as £30,000, and failure to comply also means that tenants can apply to a tribunal to claim their rent back for up to 12 months.
Landlords are able to apply for a licence and find out if their property is covered by the scheme by visiting the council’s website.
Landlords with properties in the following areas will be affected by the scheme: Arboretum, Bestwood, Bulwell, Bulwell Forest, Basford, 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 full list of licensing conditions and more information about this scheme can be found on Nottingham City Council’s website.
As part of the conditions included within the licence, landlord that rent out property in this area are, amongst other things, required to undertake training.
Nottingham Council has approved the RLA’s Landlords Principles of Lettings course for this.
Selective licensing, unlike additional licensing, applies to ALL properties within a designated area that are privately rented out, as opposed to JUST Houses of Multiple Occupation.
Earlier this year, the Nottingham City Council ran a consultation on the plans to introduce select licensing in the town, which the RLA responded to.
Nottingham City Council say that they are introducing the new scheme with the aim of giving private tenants ‘better quality accommodation and ‘greater protection from bad landlords’.
Nottingham City Council is currently also running a consultation on proposals to introduce additional licensing in the city. You can read the RLA’s response to this consultation, and find out how to have your say on the proposals, here.
Interested in learning more about licensing? This topic will be on the agenda at our Future Renting conference in London this September. Hosted by LBC presenter Clive Bull, book your early bird ticket and check out the unmissable line up of speakers here.