Following last years consultation process, the Government has now given permission for the Nottingham Selective Licensing scheme to go ahead, which is for the licensing of private rented homes in Nottingham City.
The scheme will commence on 1st £0August 2018, impacting approximately 33,000 properties across most of the Nottingham City area (circa 95% of Citys area). The scheme will represent the largest licensing scheme outside of London. Properties already licensed under another scheme, such as Mandatory or Additional Licensing, do not also need licensing under Selective Licensing. £0
The cost for a license will be £3520.00 for accredited properties/landlords (per property) and £3780.00 for non-accredited properties/landlords. £0
Landlords and agents must be become prepared and be ready to submit applications on or before 1st £0August, which will include a list of specific documents, which are:
- EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Reports) i.e electrical installation safety certificate. If you already hold a current EICR or new electrical installation certificate, this may be able to be used. £0
- Portable appliance test (PAT testing) – for any portable appliances provided by a landlord, such as fridge / washing machine etc. £0
- Buildings insurance – proof is required of your insurance of each property. The requirement is for insurance to include cover for tenants to be put into temporary accommodation if the property is uninhabitable and public liability cover. £0
- ‘Basic’ Disclosure certificate (criminal record check) for proposed licence holder and proposed manager. You are required to provide a ‘basic’ disclosure certificate for the proposed licence holder and proposed manager. This is available from the Disclosure and Barring Service via the following website: £0www.gov.uk/request-copy-criminal-record £0. £0The Council can only accept £0’basic’ disclosure certificates. The Council cannot and will not accept any other form of disclosure certificate such as £0’standard’ or ‘enhanced’.
- Proof of right to reside in the UK for proposed license holder (i.e Passport or Residence permit card). If the proposed licence holder or manager is a company then this will not need to be provided. £0
- Evidence of relevant training by proposed licence holder. If you have undertaken relevant landlord training in the last 3 years, evidence of this is required.
- Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) – EPC’s last for 10 years and were first introduced for lettings in 2008, so from this year onwards they will become due for renewal. Whilst mentioning EPC’s, as a reminder about the minimum EPC rating changes from 1st April 2018, all new tenancies or extension of tenancies from 1st £0April 2018 should have a EPC rating of E or higher £0
- Gas safety certificate
- Some properties such as HMO’s or full blocks of flats may require further certification for submission, such as fire alarm test certificates / emergency lighting certificates / £0fire risk assessments. £0
License applications and submission of documents will only be able to be made online through the Councils website.
Landlords can become accredited to be eligible for a £3280 per property discount from Nottingham City Council by registering with a approved landlord organisation such as DASH – £0https://www.dashservices.org.uk/Accreditation
Kingswood Residential can offer advice to landlords about the Scheme and/or assist with arranging the above in readiness for an application to be submitted. £0
Is your property in a licensable area? Check here: £0https://geoserver.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/myproperty/ £0
Please do not hesitate to contact us to seek further advice regarding this should you wish. £0