What is Selective Licensing?

Selective Licensing is where we can decide if an area suffering from low housing demand or experiencing significant or persistent anti-social behaviour needs additional support to benefit the local community and ensure that management standards in the private rented sector are regulated.

What does it mean for you?

  • Reduction in anti-social behaviour
  • Support and training for private landlords
  • Provision of better housing and management standards
  • Improved image and perception of the area
  • A positive economic future for the local community and local businesses

Who needs a licence?

All privately rented properties in the designated area will require a licence.  This does not apply to:

  • Registered social landlord or local authority properties
  • Tenancies under certain long term lease
  • Business tenancies
  • Properties that we have taken action against to close down
  • A property which is a house in a multiple occupation

How do I get a licence?

  • Complete the relevant application form and pay the fee
  • Hold a current annual gas safety certificate
  • Hold a satisfactory Periodic Inspection Report for the electrical installation
  • Comply with the Furniture Furnishing Regulations 1993
  • Fit and maintain smoke alarms
  • Take ‘reasonable and practicable steps’ to prevent or reduce anti-social behaviour
  • Obtain references for prospective tenants
  • Carry out repairs and other legal responsibilities in a reasonable time
  • Give their contact details to the tenants

What if I do not get a licence?

It is a criminal offence to rent a property in a designated Selective Licensing area without applying for a licence.  The landlord could be fined on conviction, up to £20,000.

If we are unable to grant a licence, or choose to revoke a licence for breach of the conditions, there are other financial penalties and alternative management arrangements may be enforced.