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 that may be enforced.