Private rentals

Important information for landlords and letting agents

Most landlords and letting agents now need a licence for each property they let in the borough:

  • Selective licence (single household) - compulsory for all residential property let under Scheme 1 and Scheme 2 which covers 79 per cent of the private rented sector
  • Additional HMO (house in multiple occupation) licence – compulsory for properties occupied by three or more unrelated occupiers that are sharing facilities such as a kitchen or bathroom
  • HMO licence – compulsory for properties occupied by five or more people living in two or more households.

Enforcement is underway.  If your property is not licensed you risk prosecution or a fine up to £30,000.  A discounted fee of £250 is available until Monday 31 December 2018. Visit the Apply for a property licence page for more information and information on the application process.

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