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Government says city’s entire private rental sector must have licensing

All private rented homes in Oxford will need a licence from this September, following a green light from the government.

Some 49.3 per cent of all Oxford’s homes are now privately rented. 

An independent review of housing conditions in 2020 found that a fifth (6,200) of the 30,500 homes in Oxford’s private rented sector could have a serious housing hazard.


Currently only HMOs require a licence to operate, although these make up less than 15 per cent of private rented homes in Oxford. 

Approval of selective licensing means that all private rented homes will need a licence, requiring private landlords to show that they are complying with the law by meeting safety and management standards, being a ‘fit and proper person’ and meeting council waste storage and disposal requirements.

The selective licensing scheme will run for five years and starts on September 1.

A five year licence will cost £480, with an early bird discount of £400 for landlords who apply within the first three months. 

There will also be a discounted fee of £280 for accredited landlords.

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    And so it begins. This will inevitably end up UK wide with rents going through the roof.

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    So it’s Selective licensing supposedly, it appears they need a dictionary

  • girish mehta

    Money generating for councils and Tenent.
    Another stealth tax and higher rents for tenants. It will not improve housing standards. As money that would have spent on improving the property will end up wasted by funding councils . Government is not interested in housing policy .only paying lip service for their political gains.

    It will

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    I note that the Chinese are buying these big buy to let developments !

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    "Could have a serious hazard " No facts. Independent ? Who did it ?


    Could or could not. They always omit those last two words. Without proof etc, this is just word salad by the anonymous independent review.


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