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More councils introduce selecting licensing

Thursday 02 February 2017

In recent months the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) has been contacted by local councils about their plans to introduce Selective Licensing schemes in various locations across the country. ARLA members can use our unique Fact Sheets to help you understand what this means.

ARLA members can use our unique Fact Sheets to help you understand what this means. 

In December Nottingham City Council set out plans to introduce a citywide selective licensing scheme and after reviewing comments from landlords and residents, Manchester City Council has decided to designate a selective licensing area within Crumpsall from 13 March 2017. Newham Council in East London has consulted to extend its borough-wide licensing scheme (for a further five years) for private landlords from January 2018 when the existing scheme comes to an end on 31 December 2017.  

Ashfield District Council in Nottingham have designated two areas for Selective Licensing which came into effect on 1 February 2017. The London Borough of Redbridge is introducing a new additional licensing scheme to help improve standards and reduce anti-social behaviour associated with the Borough’s privately rented houses in multiple occupation (HMOs). This scheme commence from 13 April 2017 and will run for five years.

ARLA is not supportive of Selective Licensing Schemes because most schemes fail as they are not adequately resourced to undertake the necessary enforcement activity. Our concern is that the licensing regime becomes an administrative exercise, penalising those landlords who comply with the regulations whilst still allowing the landlords the scheme was designed to target to continue operating under the radar. Last year we met with Peterborough City Council and more recently Newham Council to make our views known.

However, under the Housing Act 2004 local authorities in England and Wales can apply for Selective Licensing of privately rented properties in areas which are experiencing low housing demand and/or suffering from anti-social behaviour.

To help members understand what Selective Licensing means we have produced two unique Fact Sheets for England and Wales – this is a member benefit and only available to members of ARLA. Log into the members area now to find out more.