What is selective licensing?
Established by section 8, Part 3 The Housing Act 2004’s, Selective Licensing is a scheme that mandates all private landlords operating in designated areas to license each of their privately rented properties. The aim is to provide tenants with more protection and confidence when renting from an unknown landlord.
Who is subject to the regulation?
The regulation is applicable to all private landlords operating in designated areas. This includes entities such as individuals, companies, and other organizations with rental properties within these areas. The regulation requires each privately rented property be licensed. To provide tenants with added protection and confidence when renting from an unknown landlord. Furthermore, the regulation stipulates that landlords must meet certain standards to be eligible for a Selective Licensing scheme. Such as safe and secure living conditions, regular inspection of properties, and prompt resolution of tenant complaints.
What is the cost?
The cost of licensing a property depends on the area, as different councils may set their own fees and conditions. Generally, landlords in designated areas are required to pay an application fee, an annual fee, and a rent repayment scheme levy. This covers any costs incurred from tenants who have not paid their rent.
Ultimately, Selective Licensing is designed to improve not only tenant rights but also living conditions within privately rented properties. Making sure that all homes are fit for purpose and meet the required safety standards. Any landlord who fails to comply with the regulations could face hefty fines or even criminal prosecution.
So, if you’re a landlord renting out any properties in designated areas, make sure you obtain the necessary license for each of your properties. It’s an important and necessary step that will help ensure both you and your tenants are adequately protected.
Requirements when applying for a Selective Licensing license.
When applying for a Selective Licensing licence, landlords will typically need to provide a range of documents and information. These include personal identification documents such as:
- Driving License
- Proof of Address (Utility bill or bank statement)
Landlords must adhere to several conditions to keep their licence valid. These include ensuring that all rental properties meet the required safety standards, providing regular maintenance and repairs for the property and ensuring that tenants are not discriminated against. Also, landlords must make sure they are informed about any changes in laws or regulations that may affect their business operations. If these conditions are not met, then the license can be revoked.
Repercussions of failing to comply with regulations.
If a landlord fails to comply with the regulations, they would be at risk of obtaining a fine or even criminal prosecution. The harshness of the punishment aligns with the offence committed and can range from warnings and restrictions to large fines and landlords can even face imprisonment for up to two years.
If you have any questions regarding licensing or any other obligations as landlord, then please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to help.