Nottingham prepares to introduce £600 landlord and agent licensing scheme

first_imgHome » News » Nottingham prepares to introduce £600 landlord and agent licensing scheme previous nextRegulation & LawNottingham prepares to introduce £600 landlord and agent licensing schemeCity to join growing list of urban areas where schemes have been introduced.Nigel Lewis21st February 201701,324 Views The City of Nottingham has begun its consultation on a draconian mandatory landlord and agent licensing system across the city’s private rented sector.First approved in November last year, the scheme is likely to begin in September 2018, assuming approval is gained from the Secretary of State.With a few exceptions, anyone controlling a property – landlord or agent – will have to apply for a £600 licence fee for each property they own or manage, which will be renewable every five years. It’s not the most expensive in the UK, though – Exeter charges £800 with a 15% discount for multiple properties, for example.The council is also proposing to charge an additional £100 a year for those not applying online, £50 for a missed inspection, £150 for a re-inspection, £350 if a landlord or agent is given a caution and further £350 if enforcement action is required.Landlords or agents who are accredited with either of two local schemes will pay a reduced annual fee of £460 instead of £600.The City of Nottingham says the scheme is being introduced because it is concerned about poor standards within the city’s private rented sector following 4,500 complaints by tenants over the past four years.It is also worried that a high proportion of poorly managed and maintained properties is contributing to higher levels of drie and anti-social behaviour in some parts of the city.“We believe introducing a new licensing scheme for landlords is one of the most important measures we can take to improve the quality of housing in the city, which is why we made it a key objective in the Council Plan published last year,” says Councillor Jane Urquhart (pictured).Nottingham is the 14th city or large local authority to introduce mandatory selective licensing of landlords and agents across all or part of their private rented sectors.The city is holding two open days for agents and landlords. Both will be held at the council’s Old Market Street premises, the first between 1pm and 3pm tomorrow, and the second between 4pm and 6pm on the 23rd.Selective Licensing scheme Nottingham February 21, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more