Landlords given longer to apply for Licensing scheme

Landlords are to be given longer to complete their applications for the new Selective Licensing scheme which comes into force on 1st May.

Landlords given longer to apply for Licensing scheme

Landlords are to be given longer to complete their applications for the new Selective Licensing scheme which comes into force on 1st May.

Selective Licensing is a mechanism whereby the Council works with private landlords to improve the quality of life for private tenants in six designated areas of the borough over a 5 year period.

The areas covered by the new scheme are in Eastwood / Town Centre, Masbrough, Maltby South East, Dinnington, Thurcroft and Parkgate.

There is currently a 12 week window for landlords in which no applications need be made until the end of July, at which time an application fee of £68 / property would become due. This period is in-line with the current government relaxations in other areas of housing. This 12 week period is followed by a two year option to pay the main Licence fee.

However, it has been recognised that this would create some difficulties where applicants may not have current gas /electric certificates, so could not make complete applications within this period and would currently then commit an offence.

So the application period is to be extended to allow applications to be submitted up to 6 months from the 1st May 2020. With some minor adjustments, the initial online application stages of the scheme can be delivered within the current Covid 19 restrictions, without prejudice to landlords or tenants.  This helps avoid any confusion after the pre-scheme publicity and avoid a break of continuity of the declarations in the four areas.

Further information about the new Selective Licensing Scheme is available on our website via the button below

Landlord Licensing from 1st May 2020

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