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.
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