All private landlords with residential property in the designated areas must have a licence for each of their properties. Failure to do so would result in enforcement action being taken and could lead to an unlimited fine.
The applications for Selective Licensing will only be accepted through the online application system.
Selective Licensing has only been introduced in certain areas and you can search for a property using the postcode to see if it is within the designated area – Selective Licensing Search Tool
What is Selective Licensing?
The aim is to improve the quality of life for all in the area by ensuring a consistent high standard of management of private rented homes which thus make a positive contribution to the area.
The designated area has a high level of private rented housing, the criteria to be considered as ‘high level’ is for an area to have above 19% private rented housing. If this level is reached, Selective Licensing can be introduced if an area satisfies one or more of the following conditions:
- Low housing demand (or is likely to become such an area)
- A significant and persistent problem caused by anti-social behaviour
- Poor property conditions
- High levels of migration, deprivation or crime
Why has the council introduced Selective Licensing?
Peterborough is an ambitious city with exciting plans for growth. It’s the UK’s second fastest growing city and is transforming quickly with a £1billion regeneration programme.
A growing populations can mean additional challenges such as anti-social behaviour and reported crime, and in Peterborough there are also more properties in an overcrowded, poor and dangerous condition. Overcrowding leads to more excessive waste and sometimes affects the health of the occupants.
In order to help reduce these problems, the council has introduced Selective Licensing of private landlords in several areas of the city.
The council has considered other remedies, but considers Selective Licensing provides the best chance of improving the management and condition of properties in the private rented sector, which will in turn reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.
How does it work?
All private landlords with residential property within the proposed area will need to apply for a licence for each property. In order to become a licence holder they must be a fit and proper person.
This means a landlord has to meet a certain standard before they can legally rent out a property.
- Fee of £900 for all properties (although the fee would be £600 if the landlords can evidence their property is being let for the first time)
- Discounted fee of £50 if the landlord is an accredited member of NLA or RLAAS
- Discounted fee of £50 if the property is fully managed by an agent who is accredited with ARLA, NALS, UKALA or RICS
Failure to comply
Any licence holder found to be in breach of the licence conditions could face prosecution, and if convicted, an unlimited fine.
In this situation the council would consider whether to revoke the licence and make a Management Order taking over the management of the property.
Director: Faisal Al-Gharabally
Website: Homexperts Peterborough
Office: 01733 797000
Mobile: 07715 200097