On Tuesday 22nd November 2016, Nottingham City Council (NCC) announced a 10 week Selective Licensing consultation. The consultation will run from January to March 2017, with the scheme being implemented in February 2018.
In summary, NCC believes the private rented sector (PRS) suffers from numerous deep rooted problems, including high levels of anti-social behaviour and property disrepair and that a citywide selective licensing scheme will assist the authority in dealing with these problems.
The scheme will mean the licensing of 26,250 rental properties across Nottingham City. (In other words every rental property which is not regarded as a House in Multiple Occupation) The cost to the sector will be £600.00 per property, plus additional costs to comply with over 30 conditions. Essentially, the proposed scheme will remove £16m from the local sector and enable the council to employ 74 additional staff to deal with the administration, enforcement and property inspections under the scheme.
East Midlands Property Owners (EMPO) believes the proposed scale of this scheme is unnecessary and will have wide ranging consequences for your business and the wider PRS in Nottingham. EMPO will be attending an urgent meeting with the council to discuss the impact this scheme will have on buy-to-let investment, rent levels and housing supply in Nottingham.
Like us, if you believe this proposed scheme will adversely impact your business activities in Nottingham, please help us in “beating the drum” by mobilizing your landlord and tenant relationships into responding to the upcoming consultation.
EMPO will be hosting a Selective Licensing forum at Unity House, 35 Church Street, Lenton on Thursday 23rd March 2017 between 6.30pm-8pm. If you would like to attend please email me on email@example.com . In the meantime please feel free to contact me on tell 0755 264 2030 to discuss any aspect of this proposed scheme.
Read the full report HERE (Page 25-Agenda Report Packs)
Contact information for the Environmental Health team in Nottingham:
Tel: 0115 8761555
As part of the licensing scheme your property will need to meet both statutory and locally enforced conditions. The conditions cover areas around amenity provision, fire & electrical safety and HHSRS.