There’s been a steep rise in the costs of landlord joining a compulsory licensing scheme operated by Labour-controlled Nottingham city council.
Now from March next year the landlords of some 32,000 properties in the city will have to pay £670 per property if they are accredited and £890 if they are not.
This is up from £480 and £890 respectively.
Landlords have already warned that the indirect cost of this will be borne by tenants faced with higher rents to cover the owners’ costs.
A council spokeswoman is quoted in the local media saying: "We are increasing fees for individual house licences. The scheme is self-funding and the council has reviewed the licensing process and found it wasn’t recovering all of the costs, so fees have to increase to reflect that – but it remains the case that we are not allowed to make a profit from licence fees.
"Over 18,000 landlords have already applied at the lower rate and we will work to engage with landlords who are not registered for the scheme - we would urge any of them to apply before the price rise at the end of March."