Selective licensing schemes apply to any let property in areas or streets chosen by your local authority, regardless of the way they are tenanted. The schemes tend to be brought in where there have been complaints over standards of accommodation, anti-social behaviour, or issues with rubbish disposal. Properties over commercial premises are often included.
Generally, landlords of any privately let property in participating areas that fall on the list of selected streets, postcodes or wards require a licence, regardless of who occupies it. This can include HMOs that do not fall into any other HMO licensing scheme operating in that area.
As of April 2015 councils can only introduce a Selective licensing scheme that covers more than 20% of the borough or 20% of privately rented homes with central government approval.