SELECTIVE PROPERTY LICENSING

SELECTIVE PROPERTY LICENSING2019-07-17T09:48:10+00:00

SELECTIVE LICENSING FOR LANDLORDS

Selective licensing schemes apply to any let property in areas or streets chosen by your local authority, regardless of the way they are tenanted.

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.

Do I need a Selective licence?

Generally, landlords of any privately let property in Selective licensing areas that fall on the list of selected streets, postcodes or wards require a Selective licence, regardless of who occupies it. This can include HMOs that do not fall into any other HMO licensing scheme operating in that area.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT SELECTIVE LICENSING?

Selective licensing schemes tend to be brought in where there have been complaints over standards of accommodation, antisocial behaviour, or issues with rubbish disposal. Properties over commercial premises are often included in Selective licensing schemes.

There are a number of statutory exemptions to licensing schemes, please inquire with our partners at HMO Services for more information.

If your council runs a Selective licensing scheme, please click here to find out more about their Selective licensing fees.

HOW TO APPLY FOR A SELECTIVE PROPERTY LICENCE

The first question many landlords find themselves asking is “Do I need a Selective licence?” we can help you determine if your property falls within your council’s Selective licensing area and criteria.

While it is possible to navigate the Selective licensing process yourself, though we would advise against doing so.  If you do choose to manage the process independently it is important to do so correctly, ensuring you familiarise yourself with all standards and council guidelines before applying for a Selective licence. We offer a comprehensive service to help landlords and agents through the Selective licensing process, so the easiest option is to get in touch.

It is advisable to be aware of your local authorities specific Selective licensing standards, as these tend to vary from council to council, before you apply for a Selective licence. Our Local Authority Compliance Check can help you determine how compliant your property currently is in relation to your local authority’s standards and guidelines. It will highlight any specific issues that need to be addressed and identify any certification that needs to be in place in order obtain a Selective licence.

For more information regarding our Selective licensing support services please click here

The Housing Act 2004 also requires you to notify various ‘relevant persons’ that you are applying for a Selective licence. These persons must be informed of your application and you will be expected to supply their contact details to your local authority. Typically these are freeholders, leaseholders, landlords, mortgage providers, managing agents or anyone else involved in the property.

We can manage the entire Selective licensing process on your behalf. Simply book a call below or contact us 020 3848 2200/ admin@hmoserviceslondon.com to speak to one of our highly competent professionals.

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