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.