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Selective licensing

Selective licensing was introduced under the Housing Act 2004. It gives local councils, like us, powers to regulate landlords and managing agents of private rented property in certain areas.

These areas tend to suffer from low housing demand and/or high levels of anti-social behaviour.

If you're a private landlord with rental properties in a selective licensing area you will need a licence for each of your properties. Failure to do this could result in a fine.

Following the court case of Brown v Hyndburn please note that we have recently reviewed the selective licensing conditions and won't be enforcing Icon for pdf condition number 10 (PDF, 173.5kb) . We have written to all landlords in the selective licensing area and informed them of this decision

Current schemes

There is one selective licence schemes operating in County Durham at the moment:

Selective licensing is good for landlords, tenants and local residents

It can lead to:

  • more reliable, longer term tenancies,
  • better quality and safer property standards,
  • less empty properties,
  • reduced levels of homelessness,
  • increased property and rent values,
  • safer, more pleasant areas to live due to lower levels of crime, littering and other anti-social activity.

Landlords have access to:

  • help to deal with problem tenants,
  • a tenant referencing scheme to vet prospective tenants,
  • support and advice on how to be a better landlord,
  • opportunities to join landlords' forums and be involved in the development of future local initiatives.
Contact us
Housing Solutions
03000 268 000
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