The government has given the go ahead to what will be one of the UK’s largest selective licensing scheme outside of London.
Only yesterday Letting Agent Today reported that Nottingham was getting tough with unauthorised To Let boards; now it seems the council also has the powers to introduce mandatory licenses for landlords of around 31,000 private rental units within its boundaries.
This constitutes around 90 per cent of all privately rented homes within the city.
Money raised through the scheme will help to cover the cost and the council says it hopes to be able to introduce the scheme from summer this year.
“Having a Selective License will allow landlords to demonstrate that they provide good accommodation for tenants. The cost of licensing will be reduced for responsible landlords who gain Nottingham Standard Accreditation via DASH or Unipol. Tenants will also be able to check on both licensing and accreditation which will help to drive up private rented standards” explains councillor Jane Urquhart, the city council’s portfolio holder for Planning, Housing and Heritage.
The proposed cost of the licence is to be confirmed and is subject to final approval by the council’s executive board.
However the authority says it is likely to be less than £2 per week per property for accredited landlords and no more than £3 a week for non-accredited landlords.
* An earlier version of this story suggested the Nottingham city council scheme may be the largest in the UK outside London. Our thanks to London property Licensing for alerting us to the fact that the largest beyond the capital is Liverpool's.