Selective licensing

Selective Licensing background

The Housing Act 2004 allows the Council to require any private rented homes within a specified area to have a licence (unless it falls under mandatory or additional HMO licensing). The reason for selective licensing is to address problems like poor property conditions.

The Council undertook a consultation exercise (Between 10 September and 31 December 2020) on introducing selective licensing. A report was produced by Opinion Research Services who undertook the consultation on our behalf:

The Council carefully considered the feedback received during the consultation.

At the Cabinet meeting on 10th March 2021, the Council made the decision to go forward with designations for Selective Licensing and to make a submission to government to confirm the implementation of a Selective Licensing scheme.

The Selective Licensing scheme will come into effect on 01 September 2022 and end on 31 August 2027 (midnight).