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.