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.
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.
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.
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 HMO licensing process on your behalf. Simply book a call below to speak to one of our highly competent professionals.