However it is no longer recommended that a Citywide scheme is pursued, but that the focus of the scheme should be on those areas which contain a high proportion of Private Rented Sector (PRS) properties. This is felt to be more proportionate to the problems being experienced in Nottingham and will provide a targeted response which can be reviewed and assessed. £0It is anticipated that the Designation will now cover approximately 32.000 properties within the City. This is a reduction of circa £03000 properties (9%) mainly in the north west of the City where there is significant presence of social housing estates. £0
Proposed fees will be £3655.00 for non-accredited and £3400 for accredited landlords. The fee will be paid in two parts, where a licence application is refused, no refund shall be given. The second payment will be following the applicant being served with statutory notification of the intention to grant a licence. Payment of the 2nd fee will be a condition of the licence.
DCLG (The Department for Communities and Local Government) permission will be required for the scheme to go ahead.
Submission to DCLG was set for July 2017 and it is anticipated that feedback will be given in October 2017.
Adam Kingswood comments on this news Whilst I welcome initiatives to help improve standards for tenants within the private rented sector, I am concerned that selective licensing is not the best way of necessarily achieving better standards due to its scale. It could be another contributing factor to landlords leaving the market, creating a lack of supply and therefore higher rents for tenants to pay in Nottingham
With our universities and hospitals, Nottingham has a transient workforce require who require and are entitled to decent quality accommodation but I’m concerned that that the selective licensing schemes will have wide-ranging consequences for the rental market in Nottingham. I think it’s inevitable that demand for rented property will £0remain to outstrip supply. Selective Licensing could add fuel to the fire for overburdened £0landlords.”
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