Nottingham Additional Licensing for HMOs

Nottingham Additional Licensing

Find out everything you need to know on Nottingham Additional Licensing

The new Additional Licensing Scheme for HMOs will begin on 1st January 2019. Additional Licensing will apply to HMOs (house in multiple occupation), shared houses and flats which have 3 or 4 occupants from multiple households. This means that they are not part of the same family. The scheme also applies to converted flats, ie. A house which has been converted into several flats or apartments.

Do you need help or advice with your Nottingham Additional Licensing? Call 0115 9243304 now and speak to our team, or use the form at the bottom of this page.

Which licence do I need for my Nottingham property?

You may need to apply for one of three licences issues by Nottingham City Council. The type needed will depend on how many tenants are living in your rented property and their relationship with each other.

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Selective Licensing

Selective Licensing is needed if you rent a property with up to two tenants and the address falls within the Nottingham City Council Licensing boundaries. Read more about Nottingham Selective Licensing.

Additional HMO Licensing

Needed if you rent a property to between three and five tenants who are from more than one household. (ie. Not members of the same family)

Mandatory HMO Licensing

This is a national scheme but controlled by your local council. You will need this licence if your rental property has more than five tenants living there, from more than one household. This includes student houses.

What are the conditions of the Additional HMO Licence?

The Council will ask you for information on your property to ensure you are compliant. This includes:

  • Details on how many people live in each bedroom
  • Relevant safety certificates including Gas, Electric and EPC (Energy Performance Certificate)
  • Proof of PAT testing for any portable electronic devices left for the tenants
  • Details of fire detection systems, smoke alarms and emergency escape lighting
  • Details of carbon monoxide alarms
  • Details of how you deal with maintenance issues
  • Details of your security arrangements for the property
  • Details of how often you inspect the property
  • An explanation of how you deal with rubbish and how you notify the tenants of this
  • Proof you provide tenants with move-in information packs
  • Details on how you manage the tenancies
  • Details on how you deal with anti-social behaviour
  • Proof of relevant Landlord training which must be undertaken every 3 years

You can read more about the HMO licensing conditions on the Nottingham City Council website.

How much does Nottingham Additional Licensing cost?

The total standard fee for an Additional HMO Licence is £1330. You pay £890 up front and £440 when your application is approved.

Those Landlords who choose to be ‘less compliant’ (don’t follow all Council recommendations) will pay a total of £1720. This breaks down as £890 up front and £830 when your application is approved.

DASH or Unipol accredited Landlords will pay a total of £990. This is a cost of £615 and £375 respectively. You can find out more about DASH or Unipol on our Licencing Discount page.

All fees apply to properties with a maximum of 9 bedrooms.

Extra Nottingham Additional Licensing Fees

You may also have to pay extra fees. These are:

Extra bedrooms fee: £25 per additional bedroom where there are more than 9 in the property*
Finders fee: £150 if the Council find you have not applied for an Additional HMO Licence when you should have previously*
Fee to change from Selective to Additional Licensing (or vice versa): 25% of the new licence application fee*
Missed inspection fee: £50 if you fail to attend a previously arranged inspection on your property
Extra correspondence: £30 if the Council have to go above and beyond the usual licencing application communications
Extra copy documentation: £30 if you require duplicate copies of paperwork
Paper application request: £30 if you choose to apply using traditional paper methods instead of online
Paper application processing: £65 for the Council to undertake extra work in processing the paper application
Housing Act 2004 enforcement action: £350

*These fees are applicable when you make your first application payment

What if I don’t apply for an Additional HMO Licence?

If you do not comply Nottingham City Council can fine you up to £30,000, or a prosecution with an unlimited fine. As well as this, a record of non compliance with Housing Law may affect your ability to obtain any licence in the future.

Need help with your Additional Licensing?

If you are confused about Nottingham Additional Licensing or if you would like us to process the application on your behalf and help you apply for a license then please get in touch. You can call us on 0115 924 3304 for some advice, or use the contact form below.

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Netherfield Selective Licensing: What You Need To Know

Netherfield Selective Licensing Nottingham: What you need to know

Gedling Borough Council have now introduced a Netherfield Selective Licensing Scheme, just after the introduction of the same scheme across the Nottingham City Council boundaries.

Whilst the City Council introduced their scheme across almost the whole of their sector, Gedling Borough Council are for now just focusing on the Netherfield area.

The deadline when applying for a Netherfield Selective Licence was 1st November 2018. You must apply for this as soon as possible if your privately rented property is within the Licencing area.

Don’t panic though. We can help you with your application if you are struggling. Please call 0115 924 3304 immediately or use the form at the bottom of this page.

What is Netherfield Selective Licensing?

The aim of the Selective Licensing scheme is to ‘raise the standards in the privately rented sector and to ensure that all tenants living in them are able to enjoy a safe, comfortable and well managed home’. A landlord will need a licence for every property they own within the affected areas.

You can find out more about Selective Licensing here.

Is my Netherfield property affected?

To find out if your privately rented property needs a licence, you can view a map on the Gedling Borough Council website. If you rent out your property to tenants within this area then you will need a Licence.

How much does Netherfield Selective Licensing cost?

The price to apply for a Netherfield Selective Licence is £640. The Licence lasts for 5 years and after this you will need to reapply. You are asked to pay £475 on application and the further £165 once your Licence is approved.

If you cannot apply online then the costs increase slightly. The total cost for the Licence will be £700, where you pay £535 up front and £165 later.

Are there any discounts?

You are eligable for a discount if you are DASH accredited. This is a third party who are responsible for inspecting privately owned properties. There are fees involved which you can view here. If you are not already DASH accredited then it is likely that you will not be able to apply in time before you have to apply for a Netherfield Selective Licence.

The discounted fee for current DASH accredited Landlords is £490. You must pay £360 up front and £130 once the application is granted. If you are not applying online the cost will be £550. This breaks down as £420 up front and £130 once the application is granted.

What if I want to sell my property?

You may be able to apply for a TEN (Temporary Exemption Notice) although you must prove that your house is for sale. Approval for this is at the Council’s discretion. You can read more about TEN notices on the Nottingham City Council website.

Don’t want the hassle of monitoring the licencing conditions?

Walton & Allen are commuted to monitoring licencing conditions for properties which are fully managed by us. We also offer discounts when applying for a licence on your behalf. Call us today to find out more on 0115 924 3304. You can also use the form below to get advice.

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Netherfield Selective Licensing Documents

These documents below will provide you with more information on Netherfield Selective Licensing.

Proposed Licensing Conditions
Proposed Licensing Fee Structure
Map of the Netherfield Selective Licensing Area

Nottingham Selective Licensing Officially Confirmed

Nottingham Selective Licensing Confirmed Today

It’s official – Nottingham Selective Licensing Scheme gets the go-ahead

The Nottingham City Council Executive Board sat this afternoon (Tuesday 17th April 2018) and approved the following proposal;

PROPOSAL FOR A SCHEME OF SELECTIVE LICENSING FOR PRIVATELY RENTED HOUSES AND APPROVAL OF LICENCE CONDITIONS AND FEE

The key agreed elements are listed below;

• Applications to commence 1st July 2018
• Licensing scheme commences 1st August 2018
• Fees: Non accredited Landlords – £780 per property (payable in two installments i.e. £460 and £320)
• Fees: Accredited Landlords – £480 per property (payable in two instalments i.e. £360 and £120)
• Fees: Cover the 5 year licence scheme
• Floor plans abandoned
• Requirements (if any) for Electrical Installation Certificates delayed for circa 2-3 weeks time
• Non UK residents will not qualify for a licence (please seek our assistance as we can help)

Mark Batty of Walton and Allen attended the Council meeting today and heard it first-hand that the licensing scheme was rubber stamped.

Find out what your requirements will be as a Landlord

What next for Selective Licensing?

Due to the tight timescales involved we must act now. Indeed, we are employing a full time ‘Selective Licensing Coordinator’ to assist our current Landlord Clients and any Landlords who wish to instruct us to look after them also.

Now that we know the council requirements and fee structures we shall be contacting our clients (very shortly) with guidance and the services we can provide them. This involves obtaining the licence and retaining it over the next 5 years.

Please keep an eye out for our imminent communications via email, post and social media.

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Need any further advice on Selective Licensing?

We are happy to offer advice on the Nottingham Selective Licensing scheme for both our current Landlord Clients and those who do not have properties managed by Walton & Allen. Fill in the form below with any questions you have, or call 0115 9243304.

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Selective Licensing Clinics

There are still spaces available for our Selective Licensing Clinics. Have a chance to learn all about the scheme and ask any questions you may have. The clinics are at 2pm every Friday and last for around an hour at our offices.

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Nottingham Selective Licensing Fee Increase

Selective Licensing fee increases before launch

*Update: Due to the overwhelming response to this post and accompanying email we are taking longer than normal to respond to all queries. Please bear with us whilst we go through all comments and questions.*

Further to our latest posts on Nottingham Selective Licensing, we must inform you that the proposed Selective Licence fees were increased by Nottingham City Council yesterday, as follows;

Full Fee: Increased to £780 from £655
Discounted Fee: Increased to £520 from £400

Landlords (fully managed) of Walton & Allen can benefit from the discounted rate.

Those Landlords who are not with Walton & Allen are urged to contact us on info@waltonandallen.co.uk, or 0115 924 3304, as we can help you get a discounted rate.

A fair amount of Landlords consider this licensing scheme to be the final straw and are considering selling up.

We are now recruiting for a Selective Licensing Administrator. If interested, please send applications to info@waltonandallen.co.uk.

What’s your opinion on Selective Licensing?

 

EPC certificates warning for Landlords

EPC Certificates

Energy Performance Certificates or EPC Certificates are back in the spotlight. We all remember them first coming in during 2008 for rental properties and now 10 years later there is another requirement that all Landlords should be aware of.

Thankfully, just over 98% of our Landlord clients will not be affected in this latest round of regulation, but those who are need to take note.

From 1st April 2018 Landlords cannot grant a new tenancy of the property if the EPC rating is F or G. By April 2020 no property at all can be rented with a rating of F or G.

We are contacting our Landlords who are affected over the coming weeks.

However, there is a warning to all Landlords as the Government has declared its wish to raise these standards further, such that the minimum standard is likely to rise to a D rating and a C Rating in 2030

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Selective Licensing Update

The case for Selective Licensing in Nottingham is flawed, according to ‘Nottingham Against Selective Licensing’ (NASL).

A group of local Landlords has produced a report “urging the Government to reject Nottingham City Council’s scheme for Selective Licensing because it has failed comprehensively to satisfy the tests set for its introduction.” The 11 page report is made up of the following headings and can be downloaded below;

1. Introduction
2. NCC has failed to demonstrate that SL is an effective tool for driving up standards in the PRS
3. NCC has failed to fully explore effective alternatives to SL
4. No proven link between the PRS and high levels of deprivation
5. The lack of causality between ASB and the PRS
6. A biased consultation and selective feedback
7. Conclusion

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We shall be posting a further blog on this subject in the next 48 hours offering interested Landlords the chance to download a further report by NASL titled ’A critique of Nottingham City Council’s case for selective licensing alongside proven alternatives.’

Letting Fees Ban

The banning of letting agents fees, currently payable by tenants, was debated in Westminster Hall yesterday.

The main points discussed on a letting fees ban, which are likely to be implemented are as follows;

Redress Scheme
Landlords are to join a government redress scheme to which tenants can make a complaint about their Landlord. Currently all letting agents have to be part of one of these schemes and where a complaint is made, we have to pay the scheme a fee of £300 for them to adjudicate the complaint, even if it is judged in our favour. The complainants do not have to pay a fee.

Deposits
It is being considered to cap the level of deposits that can be taken at the outset of a tenancy to just one month’s rent, leaving landlords further exposed. There was some objection to this, so watch this space for the outcome.

Referencing/Inventories/Check in’s/Check outs/Renewals
The contributors to the debate were all adamant that the full cost of these should be paid by the Landlord and not the tenant.

Holding Fee
A tenant is likely to need to pay a holding or reservation fee, which is deductible from the first month’s rent if the tenancy proceeds. However, if the tenant pulls out after referencing fees have been incurred by the Landlord, then these can be recovered from the holding fee.

How to Let Guide
An MP is working on producing this guide for Landlords and Agents. It will be similar to the How to Rent Guide that must be provided to tenants at the beginning of a tenancy.

Banning Orders
Local Authorities will be given powers to ban Landlords from letting property if they are found to be contravening the laws.

Let Only Landlords
Those Landlords that self-let are not currently required to lodge the deposit with a third party. The requirement is only to insure the deposit. The debate showed concern that Landlords could abuse this at the end of the tenancy when considering deductions. This matter will not go away so expect changes.

Rental Increases
The Government is concerned that increased costs to Landlords will be passed on to tenants through increased rents. This is inevitable, it is just a matter as to how much.

Passport Scheme
The government has agreed to look into producing a tenant ‘passport scheme’ whereby a prospective tenant has already been referenced and approved (similar to an ‘agreement in principle’ for a mortgage). We do not know the details of this yet but will keep you informed.

Walton & Allen is a letting agent in the East Midlands based in Nottingham. We are committed to protect our existing Landlords and lobby the various authorities.

Landlords: Save £255 per rental property

Selective Licensing: Save £255 per rental property you own within the Nottingham City Council area

Further to my previous blog on 18th July this week, regarding the impending Landlord Licensing Scheme proposals, I add further update and advice.

The Council’s revised proposals and recommendations were approved on Tuesday and it is expected to be rubber stamped by The Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government. The implementation date is set for 1st January 2018.

All Landlords owning a property within the revised Nottingham City Council boundaries, as specified, will have to pay a licence of £655 per property if they are not accredited. If they are accredited then the fee is reduced to £400. Please click on the map to find out if your properties are captured.

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Walton and Allen is committed to saving its Clients unnecessary fees and strongly urges those affected by this ‘tax’ to minimise their costs. Those Landlords who are not our Clients are also urged to take our advice. Has your current agent contacted you and advised you about this? If not, we would be happy to assist, once our current Clients have been serviced.

The writer, Mark Batty, is also a Landlord in the city centre, captured by this new charge but he has reduced his liability from £655 to £400 per property, and you can do the same, by following his advice;

Mark states;

I contacted a local accreditation body called DASH Services and registered myself and my property online.at www.dashservices.org.uk.

Once signed up I was given an access code to an online course of 6 modules. The initial registration only took me 15 minutes but the online course took 3 hours, although DASH expect an average Landlord to take 6 hours.

Each module had a multiple choice questionnaire at the end which requires a 100% success rate. If you answer any questions incorrectly, you can go back and correct them, although your first answers are recorded, so please make sure you listen to the videos carefully and interact with the other parts properly. You must pass, otherwise you won’t qualify for the £255 saving per property.

Once you have passed the theory test, DASH will inspect your property. DASH will arrange this with you direct.

It appears that the inspectors only work on Saturdays and not during the week.

If you are a joint owner of a property then only one of you needs to become accredited. If you hold the property in a limited company, only one Director needs to become accredited but any other Directors need to be listed. If the accredited Director resigns, then another Director needs to become accredited.

There is no monetary cost to become accredited other than time, although if you cannot attend the inspection a third party is likely to charge you for it.

To retain accreditation, a Landlord must complete 10 hours each year of CPD (Continued Professional Development) which means that you are required to prove that you have kept up to date with relevant legislation by reading, courses etc. In the first year, you will have already completed 6 hours through the accreditation process.

An additional inspection by the City Council is also likely. However, the Council has indicated that only 10% of accredited Landlord’s properties will be inspected, and 50% of non-accredited Landlord’s properties will be inspected. The further savings are obvious. Multiple property landlords will not need all properties to be inspected.

The only good news is that the licensing costs are tax deductible at your prevailing rate.

We urge all of our Clients to become accredited, despite the effort that is required. It will help your property be more marketable, the next time it is advertised for rent, as any prospective tenant will know that his/her new Landlord is an accredited one. Walton & Allen are looking at every angle to increase rents (we call it ‘marginal gain’), and accreditation is one of them. We have more angles in the pipeline to help our Landlords properties to be more in demand from tenants, so pushing rents upwards.

So, we implore you to help yourselves and become accredited through DASH.
Should you require any further information then please do not hesitate to contact Mark Batty mark@waltonandallen.co.uk.

Good luck in your studies!

Nottingham City Council Selective Licensing Update

Do you know about the Nottingham City Council Selective Licensing scheme? Read our notice.

Today, Tuesday 18th July, the Council is holding an Executive Board meeting to discuss the results of the consultation and it is likely that it will be approved, in a revised format. The key changes are as follows;

1. Having given full consideration to the consultation responses there is still believed to be a case for selective licensing in Nottingham. It is however no longer recommended that a Citywide scheme is pursued, but that the focus of the scheme should be on those areas which contain a high proportion of Private Rented Sector (PRS) properties. This is felt to be more proportionate to the problems being experienced in Nottingham and will provide a targeted response which can be reviewed and assessed. The reasons for proposed reduction in the size of the designation are outlined more fully in section 2 below.

It is anticipated that the Designation will now cover approximately 32,000 properties within the City

This is a reduction of circa 3,000 properties mainly in the Wollaton, Rise Park, Clifton South areas and in Social housing estate areas in the north west of the city.

2. Fees £655 for non-accredited Landlords and £400 for accredited landlords, paid in two parts, for a 5 year licence.

3. It is anticipated that 10% of accredited properties will be inspected and 50% of non-accredited properties will be inspected. This is likely to mean that not all landlords may receive an inspection.

4. 59 officers are to be employed to govern the scheme.

Once the recommendations are approved by the Council, the scheme will be submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). The DCLG is expected to rubber stamp it with a proposed start date of 1st January 2018, only 5 months away.

Walton & Allen, as a letting agent and Landlord, is extremely disappointed with Council’s response as it is another kick in the teeth for Landlords who are already being targeted with new taxes and legislation.

The writer, Mark Batty, is investigating how Landlords can become accredited and the costs involved. Accredited Landlords can at least save £255 per property, which is some scant consolation!

To see the Councils Executive Board meeting agenda and relevant downloads click the link below and scroll down to item no. 7.

https://committee.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=177&MId=6595

Walton & Allen is a proactive and forward thinking letting agent, keeping Landlords in the Midlands up to date with legislation and introducing new ideas to offset costs imposed by local and national government meddling in the PRS industry.

You can potentially save £255 per Nottingham city centre property.

Rental Tools for Tenants

Alternative to Rental Deposits

Typically, you are charged a minimum of 5 to 8 week’s rent as a security deposit, plus a month’s rent in advance.

As you’re looking to move and are probably in rented accommodation already, you will be out of pocket by around 12 weeks of cash deposit, 6 weeks for last property and 6 weeks for next property!

That’s a lot of cash, which is better in your account!

Through an insurance model, underwritten by Hiscox Underwriting Ltd, you can set yourself up with a RentPassport™ on the Canopy app that validates your profile in 10 minutes and provides an instant insurance quote to cover your deposit.

Rather than having to pay a traditional deposit, you buy an insurance policy, one off payment, which covers you for 12 months. The advertised rent is uplifted by 5% per month, so you do pay a little extra for the privilege of the landlord participating in this great scheme, but at least its spread over the full tenancy period.

Once you received your RentPassport™ on your iOS device, share it with us and we’ll take it from there. If you don’t have an iOS device you can use their web app available here.
The cost of the insurance policy is around 5-15% of the deposit value of the advertised property.

You are not, of course, compelled to use this product as you can follow the traditional deposit route – the choice is yours!

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Enhance Your Experian Credit Report

While information about mortgage payments is included on credit reports, rent payment information currently isn’t. This means that tenants who make their rent payments on time are unable to have this positive information registered on their credit report.

We believe that you should get credit for paying your rent on time. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Experian and Credit Builder, giving our tenants the opportunity to enhance their credit report and be recognised for paying rent on time.

Once you’ve chosen a new property to rent, you’ll be invited to report your rental payments to Experian via Credit Builder’s online portal.

We are the only letting agency in Nottingham able to offer this service to tenants.

Your rental payment history will help create an online proof of identity and a higher credit score means it may become easier for you to get a mortgage, have a loan approved or receive better gas and electricity rates.

Please remember, if you don’t pay your rent on time and in full, your credit score may be affected.

If you’d like further information about the Rental Exchange you can visit www.experian.co.uk/rental-exchange/tenants.html

What can you do if you’re not a Walton & Allen tenant?

We have created a letter for you to send to your landlord. This letter asks them to switch from their current managing agent to Walton & Allen, meaning you can take advantage of enhancing your Experian Credit Report. Download your landlord letter here.

If you do not know who your landlord is, you can legally apply to receive their contact details. Download the application form here and send it to your current managing agents.

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PropertyFile

To help you keep on top of your rental details, we can create a secure app account for you. Using an iOS or Android device, you can monitor your application progress or account balance, view details of your tenancy, report maintenance issues and even track their status.

You will receive notifications at every stage and will soon be adding more features such as uploading documents, ie your tenancy agreement or an EPC.

Once you have agreed to rent a property with us, we can start the activation process, which will show you how to download the App.

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So what do I do now?

Download the InsureStreet app and create your RentPassport™. Once complete, share it with us from the app to lettings@waltonandallen.co.uk and we’ll be in touch. In the meantime, browse the properties we have available, organise viewings with our lettings team and tell us which one you want.

Not all of our landlord clients participate in the deposit scheme offered by Insure Street. If you find a property, then we can contact our Landlord client and ask them. If not, then the traditional deposit method will apply.

 

Data Protection

Experian ensures that data protection is fully secure and agreed with anyone who accepts this scheme. Proposed tenants will need to agree to this sharing.

Not only will we be able to work with you more closely to manage your existing tenancy agreement, your track record as a tenant will enable Experian to use the information supplied to them in the future to assist other landlords and organisations to:

-Assess and manage any new tenancy agreements you may enter;
-Assess your financial standing to provide you with suitable products and services;
-Manage any accounts that you may already hold, for example reviewing suitable products or adjusting your current product in light of your current circumstances;
-Contact you in relation to any accounts you may have and recovering debts that you may owe;
-Verify your identity and address to help them make decisions about services they offer; and
-Help prevent crime, fraud and money laundering.