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New licensing scheme approved to support private rented housing improvements

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We wanted you to be the first to know that a new Selective Licensing scheme has been approved by Nottingham City Council to continue to help safeguard and improve housing standards for tenants.

Plans for a new Selective Licensing scheme were approved at the councils Executive Board today (Tuesday 24 May). The scheme allows Nottingham City Council to make sure licensed rented homes meet certain conditions, that they are safe, well managed and that the landlord is a ’fit and proper person.’

The plans are for a brand new Selective Licensing scheme and not a renewal of the first scheme introduced in August 2018. This new scheme would continue the important work already carried out during the first scheme and it will give the council additional resource and powers to safeguard tenants and hold non-compliant landlords to account.

A Selective Licensing scheme or ’designation’ may be made if an area has a high proportion of private rented homes and meets one or more conditions laid out in the Housing Act 2004. The council believes a new licensing scheme should be considered for a large area of the city including Bulwell, St Ann’s, The Meadows, Hyson Green, Radford, Forest Fields and Lenton, based on:

  • Significant or persistent problems caused by anti-social behaviour
  • Poor property conditions
  • High levels of deprivation
  • High levels of crime

As with the first scheme, the council would not be allowed to make any surplus on the scheme and all revenue from the licence fees would only be used to cover the cost of administering the scheme.

You can find out more about which areas and the fee structure on below -  

You can find our more on our blog here

You can read the full Executive Board report here, under Item 4. 

Consultation - Have You Say

A consultation will now take place with tenants, residents, landlords and other interested parties from Monday 30 May until 21 August 2022.

Following the outcome of the consultation period, the council would then need to decide whether it will make a designation or not, and if it does, we will need to make an application to the Secretary of State for approval to introduce a new scheme.

Details on the consultation and how to have your say will be sent to you on Monday.  

There will also be a number of face to face and online consultation meetings for you to attend. Details of which will be sent out on Monday. 

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