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Selective Licensing-Nottingham

 

The Story so far.....

Nottingham City Council (NCC) released the final Selective Licensing conditions on Wednesday 6th June. Under this scheme the adherence to these conditions will be mandatory as from the 1st August 2018.

A number of the original conditions have been removed from the scheme due to a recent court case Brown v Hyndburn bc. In this case, the Court held that the power to regulate the “management, occupation or use” of a house does not entitle an authority to impose conditions requiring the introduction of new facilities or equipment.

 To review the schemes conditions, click HERE.

To review the documents required to accompany each application please click HERE

The following updates have been made to these conditions:

  • Proof of building insurance will now only need to show it is for a BTL property
  • No requirement for a  Disclosure & Barring Service certificate (DBS)
  • Evidence of formal licence holder training in the last three years will be required as part of the application process. A Continued Professional Development certificate (CPD) from the training course will suffice. All EMPO’s training courses come with CPD certificates.
  • There is no requirement for an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)
  • There is no longer a requirement to provide a fire alarm test certificate where there is a fire alarm control panel.
  • There is no longer a requirement to fit a thumb turn mortice lock on the front door of the property.
  • Floorplans and bedroom sizes are no longer required.
  • Emergency Escape lighting should be kept in proper working order at all times
  • There is no longer a requirement to produce an inventory.
  • Please click HERE to check your property comes under the scheme.

 Please continue to review NCC website to get all the latest updates.  

Online applications will commence from the 1st July 2018, beware any applications made after the 1st August will place the licence holder at significant risk in respect of Civil Penalty notices and Rent Repayment Order (RRO).

NCC have agreed to provide landlord licence holders managing over 30 rental properties and agents managing over 120 properties an extended period until the 31st October to complete their online applications. For licence holders to qualify for this extension and not be issued with a Civil Penalty notice the Council must receive a list of all properties subject to licensing by the end of July.  However, no guarantees will be given to protect licence holders from tenants applying for RRO in these circumstances. Please visit NCC website for further details.

The licence fee of £780.00 per property is significant, EMPO has successfully persuaded the Council to permit an option for both an agent and landlord to become joint licence holders on application forms. So, if the relationship between the agent and landlord fails during the 5-year licence period the landlord can become the lead licence holder and therefore not have to re-apply for a licence and be out of pocket by another £780.00 fee.

To help landlords and agents understand the implications and complexities of this scheme and the HMO licensing schemes operating in Nottingham please contact Giles on tel: 0755 2642030

For more information on the Nottingham Selective Licensing Scheme click HERE

Click HERE for Nottingham City Council Executive Board meeting update-Tuesday 17th April 2018