Nottingham Selective Licensing: What you need to know

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Nottingham Selective Licensing

Find out everything you need to know on Nottingham Selective Licensing.

Nottingham City Council introduced Selective Licensing in August 2018 which covers 90% of homes in the private rental sector within the city boundary. The cost of a licence is £890 per property which lasts for five years.

Nottingham City Council provided an update on the scheme in August 2021. Read the Selective Licensing update.

A licence is a legal requirement and each rental property you own will need one. You must now have a licence to rent your property within designated Nottingham City Council areas. If you have not submitted an application already then you may now be liable for a £30,000 fine.

The application deadline was 1st August 2018 for most Landlords. Extensions were granted to those with 40+ properties or to letting agents with a portfolio of over 120 properties which would submit applications on behalf of their Landlord clients.

If you have recently purchased a property within the licensing area then you must apply for a licence before you move tenants in.

Keep calm though, we can help you with the information below.

Is your current Letting Agent doing everything they can for you?

Has your current Letting Agent done everything they can to help you in applying for your Selective Licence? Have they kept you informed about Licensing requirements and applied for your Licence well within the deadline? Are they ensuring you will remain fully compliant within the 5 years? If not, talk to us to receive free Selective Licensing advice. Call 0115 9243304 or email nsl@waltonandallen.co.uk.

Struggling with your application?

Is everything too complicated or do you not understand anything on the Selective Licensing application form? We can apply for you. Call 0115 9243304 now to take all the stress away or view the below brochure to find out more.

What happens if I don’t apply?

Nottingham City Council have stated that they will begin to fine Landlords up to £30,000 if they do not have a licence for their rented property. We understand the Council have started checking council tax records, Land Registry and housing benefit records to find those who have not applied. If you have not begun applying for a Selective Licence then we would recommend doing this immediately.


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The new Nottingham licensing scheme for Landlords was implemented as of 1st August 2018. The aim of the 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.

This is a big blow for Landlords who already keep privately rented properties to a high standard.

We calculate that 94% of Landlords will be affected by this Licensing Scheme.

Should I have applied by now?

Anyone who owns a privately rented home in the designated Nottingham areas should have applied for a licence by now. If you have recently purchased a buy to let property and it falls within the Licensing area then you must apply before you move a tenant in.

Applications for Selective Licensing opened on 1st July 2018.

Is my property in the Selective Licensing area?

Visit the below website and enter your rental property postcode to find out if you are within the licensing area.
http://geoserver.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/myproperty/

The designated areas  for Nottingham Selective Licensing is as follows:

Arboretum, Bestwood, Bulwell, Bulwell Forest, Basford, Berridge, Bridge, Clifton North, Clifton South, Dales, Dunkirk and Lenton, Leen Valley, Mapperley, Radford and Park, Sherwood, St Ann’s, Wollaton East and Lenton Abbey.

Gedling Borough Council have also started a Licensing scheme for the Netherfield area.

What is the cost?

Nottingham City Council is charging a Nottingham Selective Licensing fee of £890 per property. This is reduced to £670 if a Landlord is accredited by DASH or Unipol. At the time of writing, the cost of the licence is tax deductible.

The licence is paid for in two parts. The first payment is £520 (£485 for accredited Landlords) and is paid when you submit your application via the Council website. The second amount payable is £370 (£185 for accredited Landlords) and is payable once the full licence has been granted.

You will of course have to factor in other costs which will help you achieve ‘approval’ for a licence. This includes the cost for:

  • Public liability insurance
  • A DBS check (now voluntary)
  • An electrical safety certificate (optional but advisable)
  • A valid gas safety certificate
  • An EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) -Above an ‘F’ rating
  • A PAT test for portable appliances in the property
  • Relevant Landlord training (if your property is not managed by Walton & Allen)

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What does the licence involve?

When applying for a Selective Licence you need to prove that you are a ‘fit and proper’ Landlord. You also need to show that your property is suitable for tenants to live in. Nottingham City Council will ask for relevant documentation and information relating to each property.

Read more information on the Selective Licensing conditions.

Walton & Allen Letting Agents Nottingham handle all Licensing conditions on your behalf if your property is managed by us. If you are concerned that you cannot continue to meet the licensing requirements on your own then talk to us to see how we can support you.

What if you don’t have a licence?

The council also state that anyone who hasn’t applied for a licence could receive a civil penalty of up to £30,000, or prosecution on summary conviction which carries an unlimited maximum fine. Landlords may also be prevented from holding a licence in the future.

Can you get a fee reduction?

Nottingham City Council have said there will be no discount for having multiple properties. The full licence fee must be paid for every property you own in the affected areas. You can get a discounted fee by applying to certain accreditation bodies such as DASH or Unipol. Unfortunately, there are other costs to apply and you may have to spend money in improving your property to meet their standards.

We detail how to get a fee reduction here.

Don’t have your property managed  by Walton & Allen? Email nsl@waltonandallen.co.uk to talk to us about how we can help you stay complaint. We’ll also try to match your current managing agent’s fees.

Nottingham Landlords who live abroad

Non UK landlords will not be able to qualify for a licence and so will need a managing agent to be the ‘licence holder’. We can take that responsibility for these individuals, but only on a fully managed basis. This is because there are significant responsibilities during the 5 year licence period. Monitoring is required, including rent collection and reactions to Nottingham City Council requests during that time. E.g. tenant antisocial behaviour.

What are your next steps for Selective Licensing?

Walton & Allen can help you. We have experience of Selective Licensing requirements as we have helped Landlords get licences within the Ashfield District Council area in North Nottinghamshire. As of the time of writing we have submitted over 350 applications to the City Council on behalf of our Landlord clients.

We can advise on the following:

    • Learn the requirements of getting a licence
    • Learn the steps you need to take to retain the licence
    • Have the opportunity to ask any questions about the scheme

Need help filling in your Selective Licensing application form?

We can do it for you. Email nsl@waltonandallen.co.uk to take away all the stress. For us to undertake this process you will need to be a fully managed Landlord client.

Need more advice?

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You can email nsl@waltonandallen.co.uk with any questions, where our Nottingham Selective Licensing team will get back to you as soon as possible. You can also call 0115 924 3304.

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Nottingham Selective Licensing Update 2021

Nottingham City Council have conducted a mid-scheme review on Selective Licensing as we move into year four of the scheme.

Their review consists of a 12 page document which can be read via the Council’s website. However, Walton & Allen letting agents have lifted some key points which may be of interest to our landlords and future clients.

Enforcement action

Since August 2018 when the scheme first began, the Council have issued multiple penalty notices and prosecuted landlords for non compliance. The full breakdown is as follows:

  • 53 civil penalty notices (CPNs), 37 of which were failure to apply for a licence
  • 13 landlords prosecuted for 49 offences at 30 properties (however, only 27 of these offences related to the licensing scheme)
  • 4607 landlords issued with legal notices requiring them to provide information
  • 75 formal written warnings issued in 2020 during Covid-19 lockdown (66 of which relate to licensing)
  • 916 letters sent during Covid-19 to encourage applications
  • 3 Rent Repayment Order* determinations in relation to properties unlicensed (2 landlords over 3 properties)

*A Rent Repayment Order can be issued to any landlord who does not hold a licence and is required to do so. This involves the landlord having to repay all rent received during their tenancy back to the tenant.

New applications continue

The Council have stated that “despite the significant amount of awareness raising were [sic] is still a large number of landlords that have not applied for a licence and applications continue to be received at approximately 200 per month”.

Walton & Allen understands that these continued applications may also be as a result of property sales. Licenses are non transferable and a new owner must apply for a new Selective Licence.

Safety certificates

The Council are conducting regular checks on safety certificates. All properties managed for landlords on behalf of Walton & Allen have all the relevant safety certificates in place. If your EICR, Gas Safety Certificate, or EPC is due to expire then it is a legal requirement to ensure these are renewed.

Increase in EPCs

The Council have stated that Selective Licensing has seen a huge increase in properties obtaining an up to date Energy Performance Certificate. Nottingham now has the highest proportion of properties with a valid EPC in the whole country at 70.9 per cent. Just behind sits Manchester with 67.5 per cent and Bristol with 60.1 per cent.

Anti-social behaviour

A major focus for the Council within the Selective Licensing scheme is tackling anti-social behaviour (ASB). When the council receives an ASB complaint, a landlord will be notified but not expected to respond. If a second complaint is received within 12 months then the landlord will be contacted again and expected to discuss what steps can be taken to resolve the issues.

Smoke alarms

Visits to unlicensed properties have uncovered some disrepair and in particular it has been noted that some smoke alarm systems are not working or are completely absent from the property. It is a legal requirement for landlords to install a smoke alarm on every floor of a property and a carbon monoxide alarm in every room with a solid fuel burning appliance. The landlord is also required to ensure these are working at the start of every tenancy. All properties managed for landlords by Walton & Allen comply with smoke alarm regulations.

Living conditions improve

Property compliance inspections have proven to be successful. In one case, for example, vulnerable tenants were living with only two gas fires to heat their entire home. The landlord upgraded the property with gas central heating.

Licensing fee review

There was a Selective Licensing fee increase in March 2020. Prices rose from £780 to £890 for a five year licence. Nottingham City Council stated that the previous fees were not high enough to cover their overheads, despite having the highest licencing costs compared to every other scheme in the country.

The Council estimates that, at the current rate, licencing applications could total 28,000 by the end of the scheme. Using the current fee structure, with no accreditation discount, this would total almost £25,000,000 in fees for the Council.

At the time of writing there is no plan to increase fees further although this is being reviewed periodically.

Future inspections

The council aims to have inspected 50% of non-accredited properties by the end of the scheme (2023). Non-accredited properties are those managed by landlords who are not accredited by DASH or Unipol.

Based on the figures provided in the Council review report, Walton & Allen estimates 50% of non-accredited applications to be 5610. In March 2020 the Council reported to have inspected 600 properties internally. This means there are 5010 properties left to inspect in the next two years.

Some key stats

Inspections conducted up to March 2020 (Pre-lockdown)
Properties inspected – 660
Properties improved – intervention 202
Properties improved – before Council intervened 70

Applications (Individual and block combined)
Applications received – 27438
Draft licences issued – 22,752
Final licenses issued – 19,951
Applications withdrawn, cancelled, refused – 2474
Number of individual properties where a licence application has been issued – 22099

Temporary Exemption Requests (TEN)
TEN Requests – 925
Approved – 571
Rejected – 97
Withdrawn – 244
To be determined – 13

Need advice on Nottingham Selective Licensing?

Walton & Allen are one of the largest letting agents in Nottingham, managing properties for landlords across the country and even abroad.

Are you struggling with the licencing conditions? Do you need help in keeping your property to the required standards?

Talk to our team today on 0115 9243304 or email info@waltonandallen.co.uk.

Walton & Allen featured in Best Estate Agent Guide 2021

Walton & Allen has been featured in the Best Estate Agent Guide 2021.

The Best Estate Agent Guide is an independent company which surveys estate and letting agents across the country. They have teamed up with Rightmove to map out the perfect customer experience for sales and lettings across the country.

To do this they conduct the ‘biggest mystery shopping review process ever undertaken of the property industry’.

The criteria they looked for is as follows:

  • How well properties perform and are marketed on Rightmove
  • Time taken for the listing to go ‘SSTC’ or ‘Let Agreed’.
  • How good the customer service is via email and telephone
  • Market share compared to other agents

Analysing over 25,000 branches across the UK, Walton & Allen featured in the top 5%.

Walton & Allen achieved the “Exceptional” rating. According to the Best Estate Agent Guide, branches with this rating ‘showed an outstanding level of service and care towards prospective clients’.

You can find out more by going to their official website, www.bestestateagentguide.co.uk.

Do you have a property to sell or to rent out to tenants? Call us today on 0115 924 3304 or email info@waltonandallen.co.uk to see how we can help you too.

Gedling Selective Licensing: What you need to know

Gedling Borough Council will soon introduce licenses for Colwick, Carlton Hill, Daybrook and Newstead Village

Gedling Borough Council are soon to introduce Selective Licensing to other areas of Nottingham. The City Council introduced a similar scheme for most of their district in 2018, with Gedling Borough soon following suit for Netherfield. Now they are planning to expand to cover further areas.

To talk to our team about Gedling Selective Licensing, please call 0115 924 3304.

What is a Selective Licence?

A Selective Licence is a mandatory scheme for landlords who rent their property to tenants in specific areas of Nottingham. The Council is concerned that many tenants in Nottingham are renting properties which are not safe or of a ‘decent’ standard. The aim behind the scheme is to ensure all properties are kept to good standards.

The scheme also aims to ensure that all properties are managed by ‘fit and proper’ landlords.

Does my property need a licence?

If you own and rent out a property to tenants in Colwick, Carlton Hill, Daybrook or Newstead Village then it is likely that you will need a Selective Licence.

When will the scheme begin?

The licensing scheme is estimated to begin in 2021. A 12 week consultation period will run from 12th October 2020 to 4th January 2021.

After this consultation period the Council will publish more information on the scheme and suggest a start date.

You can have your say about the scheme by visiting https://www.gedling.gov.uk/slphase2/.

What is the cost of the licence?

There are several different costs for the Gedling Borough Council Selective Licence, depending on your circumstances as a landlord.

The fee is split into two different payments; the first when you apply and the second when your draft licence is issued. The total fee lasts for 5 years.

Standard fee

Total = £700
Part 1: £520
Part 2: £180

Accredited landlord fee

The proposed licence holder is accredited with either DASH, NLA, RLA, Unipol or equivalent landlord accreditation body.

Total = £585
Part 1: £430
Part 2: £155

What if I don’t have a licence?

The Council can prosecute you and issue criminal proceedings. They are also able to fine you an unlimited amount of money.

What are the licensing conditions?

The licence holder will be subject to conditions to keep both the property and tenant(s) safe. Below is a summary of these conditions.

  • If gas is supplied to the property then the property will need a valid gas safety certificate
  • Supplied electrical appliances should be kept safe and have PAT tests where necessary
  • The licence holder should ensure smoke alarms are working and maintained throughout the tenancy
  • Supplied furniture should be safe and fire safety labels left in place
  • A carbon monoxide alarm should be installed in any room in the house which is used wholly or partly as living accommodation and contains a solid fuel burning combustion appliance
  • The licence holder should ensure that repairs are dealt with in a timely manner
  • Any unwanted household items or garden rubbish should be removed
  • Security issues should be dealt with within 24 hours of being reported
  • Security locks and systems should be kept in good working order at all times
  • The tenant should be supplied with security alarm instructions if one is fitted in the property
  • Lock changes should be made for new tenancies if the previous tenants fail to return all keys
  • The licence holder should provide written information on bin collection dates, bulky waste collection services and what each type of bin is used for
  • The licence holder should ensure that the tenants’ right to enjoyment of the property is respected
  • At least 24 hours written notice should be given to tenants before entering the property
  • Inspections should be carried out every six months to ensure the property is fit to live in. A written log must be kept and provided to the Council within 7 days, if requested.
  • At the beginning of a new tenancy, the licence holder must provide the occupier(s) with written information, including contact details, explaining how they can make a complaint about the property and the arrangements in place to deal with emergency and other repairs. Complaints should be dealt with within a reasonable timescale
  • At the beginning of the tenancy the licence holder must provide an information pack which includes a true copy of the property licence, emergency contact details and copies of safety certificates where applicable
  • Written terms or a tenancy agreement must be provided
  • The licence holder should comply with all lettings and landlord laws during the tenancy
  • References need to be sought for each tenants and written evidence kept, should the Council require them
  • Information on the deposit scheme you use, if applicable, should be made available to the tenant(s)
  • The licence holder shall ensure that all reasonable and practical steps are taken to prevent and respond to anti-social behaviour
  • The licence holder must inform the council within 21 days of any material change in circumstances including change of address, change of management or ownership, any criminal charges or any proposed changes to the property layout
  • The licence holder must attend training every 3 years which covers lettings law and legal requirements

All these requirements can be managed on your behalf using our fully managed lettings service. To find out more, call 0115 924 3304 or email info@waltonandallen.co.uk.

Need more advice on Selective Licensing?

If you need more advice on this scheme then you can contact the Walton & Allen lettings team. You can call us on 0115 924 3304 or email info@waltonandallen.co.uk.

Estate Agent Virtual Video Viewings

Walton & Allen Estate Agents Nottingham are producing virtual video viewing tours to keep the property market moving.

We have produced over 25 video tours so far for both sales and lettings and will continue to produce more over the coming weeks.

If you are interested in any of our available properties, either to buy or to rent, please check with our team to see if a video is currently available.

Some are unlisted on YouTube for privacy and will only be made available upon request.

Video viewings

Here are a sample of our video production viewings below.

Cavendish Road in Arnold, Nottingham

Hardstaff Road in Sneinton, Nottingham

What happens after viewing online?

If you have viewed a property online via video tour we are still accepting offers and reservations. Please get in touch with either our sales or lettings team to take the next steps to securing your dream property.

Sales can be contacted on salesteam@waltonandallen.co.uk.

Lettings can be contacted on lettingsteam@waltonandallen.co.uk.

Selective Licensing Nottingham Fee Increase

The fees for the Selective Licensing Nottingham scheme have increased as of 1st April 2020.

Prices now stand at £890 for a five year licence and £670 if you are an accredited Landlord. Accreditation can be sought from DASH or Unipol.

Why are Licencing fees rising?

Nottingham City Council claim that the initial set fees did not cover their running costs. They are not allowed to make a profit from the scheme.

Do I need a Selective License in Nottingham?

If you rent a property to tenants and it falls within the Nottingham City Council boundary then it is likely you need a Licence. You can check using this tool here.

If you do not comply then you could be hit with a fine of up to £30,000. Your tenant could also claim back all their rental payments, backdated from August 2018.

Any licensing questions?

If you have any questions about the scheme then we can help. Just email us on NSL@waltonandallen.co.uk and we’ll get back to you.

You can also talk to our letting agents on 0115 924 3304.

Nottingham rental price rises still top across UK

Rents are rising at the fastest pace in three years, according to Zoopla. The average cost of renting rose by 2.6 per cent in 2019, with the average rent now at £886 per month.

The top 3 UK cities for rental price rises were Nottingham at 5.8 per cent, Bristol at 5.5 per cent and York at 5.0 per cent. The average rent in Nottingham now stands at £679 per calendar month.

Reasons for rental price increases

There are several potential reasons for rents rising. These include:

New Landlord legislation

Landlords have had to deal with several new costly legislation changes. This includes Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) changes, a restriction on mortgage tax relief and a 3 per cent stamp duty surcharge.

Nottingham Selective Licensing

The introduction of Selective Licensing in Nottingham has brought on new costs for Landlords. Licenses cost £780 for non-accredited Landlords and this is soon to rise to £890. Some property owners have increased the monthly rent to offset some of this additional expense.

Landlords may be selling up

Some Landlords are selling up with all the changes in legislation and the rising cost of letting a property in Nottingham.

This means there are lower amounts of available rental stock and tenants are willing to pay a premium to secure their dream rental home.

Tenant fee ban

The tenant fee ban came into place in June 2019. Whilst we have been careful not to pass on any additional costs to tenants, some agents have increased rents to cover lost income.

Rents still affordable

Although costs are rising, tenants are still able to afford to rent.

The last decade saw an average rental price rise of 27 per cent. This was almost exactly in line with the average earning growth at 26 per cent across the same period.

How much is your property now worth to let?

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    EICR new rules in 2020

    Subject to approval by the Houses of Parliament, Landlords will need to ensure electrical installation inspections and testing are carried out for all new tenancies in England from 1st July 2020.

    Existing tenancies will have until 1st April 2021 to comply.

    The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector state that Landlords must ensure every fixed electrical installation is inspected and tested at least every five years. This inspection must be carried out by a qualified person.

    Landlords are also required to obtain a report following the results and provide it to their tenant(s) within 28 days. The Landlord must also keep a copy for their own records.

    Current EICR rules

    Currently, Landlords are not required by law to carry out an electrical safety test. However, we have always advised that these tests are carried out for the safety of tenants and to cover a Landlord in case any electrical problem arises.

    Other EICR details

    If required, the Landlord must supply the inspection report to the local housing authority within seven days.

    In addition, the Landlord could be fined up to £30,000 if they fail to comply with the new regulations.

    EPC warning

    This is just one of many new legislative changes for Landlords. In 2018, Landlords had to ensure that a property EPC rating was at least an ‘E’ or above. It is expected that this will change to a ‘D’ rating within the next few years.

    Confused about Landlord legislation?

    Walton & Allen Letting Agents in Nottingham are always available to answer any questions regarding your property investment. We also ensure your property remains compliant to avoid any fines.

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      Council licensing scheme already fined Nottingham landlords £84,000

      The Nottingham Selective Licensing scheme has now been running for 12 months. According to the Nottingham Post, Nottingham City Council have already begun issuing fines totaling £84,173.

      The average fine was £4,208 and the maximum fine issued to one landlord was £12,242.53.

      What are the fines for?

      Some fines have been issued to those who have failed to apply for a licence. If a property is currently rented out to tenants and falls within the Nottingham City Council boundaries you are likely to need a licence. Fines can reach up to £30,000 per landlord.

      We would advise you to apply immediately if you need a licence and do not yet have one.

      Fines have also been issued to landlords who have failed to improve their properties after a Council inspection.

      Council inspectors have also noticed a trend when they visit properties – Smoke alarms regularly do not work or are non existent.

      How can I avoid fines myself?

      If you are a Nottingham landlord and are worried about receiving a fine yourself there are a few things you need to consider. If the Council inspect your property they may look at the following.

      • The property is kept in good general condition
      • The property is free of hazards
      • Are there any maintenance issues?
      • All safety certificates are valid and up to date (EPC, gas safety etc.)
      • Adequate security is in place
      • All tenants have been provided with relevant tenancy information

      You can find the full list of items the council may check here.

      Still unsure if you may get a fine?

      We can help. If you are still worried you may get a fine, Walton & Allen can manage your property for you. Our Fully Managed service covers regular Selective Licensing inspections which will ensure you do not receive any form of fine.

      You can call us for more information on 0115 924 3304 or email nsl@waltonandallen.co.uk.

      Landlord Compliance

      Gedling Borough Council has recently issued a fine of £2,500 to a local Landlord for non-compliance.

      What was the fine for?

      The fine was issued because the property did not have a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). These certificates last for ten years and must be valid when tenants are renting a property. They are also required when you come to sell.

      What else should you look out for?

      Remember, you need a number of different documents to remain legally compliant when you rent your property. These include:

      • Nottingham Selective Licence
      • EPC
      • Gas Safety (If applicable)
      • Electrical Safety (Not required but recommended)
      • PAT test (If providing electrical appliances)

      How can you prevent Council fines?

      You must ensure that you are fully compliant when renting your property to tenants. Details on Selective Licensing compliance can be found here. You can also read more about preparing a property for tenants on the Nottingham City Council website. This information applies to every local Council area.

      Another safe option would be to have your property fully managed by Walton & Allen. All properties managed by us are monitored for full compliance on a regular basis. This means you should avoid any fines without having to monitor compliance yourself!

      If you would like to talk to us about staying compliant through our fully managed service, please call Ricky on 0115 924 3304. You can also use the form below to get in touch.

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      If you are worried you may not be compliant with any area of your lettings property then talk to us for advice today. Use this form to ask any questions and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

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