Selective licensing

Temporary Exemption Notice for Selective licensing

A temporary exemption notice can be applied for where the property will cease to be a licensable property within three (3) months. This is an alternative to an application for a licence within the early bird period (up to 30 November 2022) where the property will cease to be licensable within 3 months of the application date.

Some examples of where a temporary exemption notice may be appropriate:

  • The tenants have been given notice to leave and the owner will move back in. The tenants must leave within the 3 month notice period.
  • The tenants have been given notice to leave and the property will be sold. The tenants must leave within the 3 month notice period.

If you wish to apply for a temporary exemption notice, you must include evidence of the steps you will take so the house ceases to be licensable, for example we would expect to see a copy of the section 21 notice or section 8 notice issued to the tenants.

There is no fee for a temporary exemption.

If a temporary exemption notice is refused, the applicant can appeal to the First-tier Tribunal.

The Council will be prioritising temporary exemption applications because of the requirement that the house ceases to be licensable within the three month notice period.

Temporary exemption notices are also published on the public register.

Apply for a Temporary Exemption Notice

Death of property owner / licence holder

There is an automatic three month temporary exemption where the licence holder passes away during the licence period, with the three months beginning on the date of death. At the end of the three months, a second exemption may be granted. However, at the end of the six months an application for a licence must be made regardless of any estate / probate ongoing matters.