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14.02.18

Nottingham City Council unveils largest landlord licencing scheme outside of London

A new licencing scheme to help improve the condition of privately rented homes in Nottingham has been given the green light by the government.

The scheme is the largest outside of London and will see landlords in selected areas of the city apply for a licence from the council.

As part of this, they will have to meet certain requirements to ensure tenant safety and good management of the property.

A recent report estimated 21% of Nottingham’s private rented properties are likely to have ‘Category 1 hazards’ such as mould on the walls or ceiling, exposed wiring and vermin infestation.

Cllr Jane Urquhart, portfolio holder for planning, housing & heritage at Nottingham City Council, said: “I’m pleased that Nottingham’s selective licensing proposal has been approved by the government.

“In areas that are covered it will help to improve standards for private tenants and landlords will know exactly what they must do to be able to rent their properties out.

“Having a selective licence will allow landlords to demonstrate that they provide good accommodation for tenants.”

The proposed cost of the licence is yet to be confirmed and is subject to final approval by the council’s Executive Board but money raised through the scheme would “help to cover the cost.”

The council hopes to introduce the scheme from summer this year.

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