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Consultation on licensing of privately rented homes in some areas of the county

We are proposing to introduce selective licensing into the county to help to improve the standard of privately rented properties.


We have been given powers by government to bring in selective licensing schemes for areas of privately rented housing where there is one or more of the following:

  • low demand for housing
  • a significant and persistent problem caused by anti-social behaviour
  • poor property conditions
  • high levels of migration
  • high levels of deprivation
  • high levels of crime

We are committed to improving the quality and management of privately rented properties within the County. We believe that selective licensing will allow us to make the improvements to housing and communities, along with our Private Landlord Accreditation Scheme and homelessness and housing strategies.

Find out more about selective licensing.

What we are proposing

From the data we have collected, we are proposing to introduce a licensing scheme in a number of identified areas across the county where we believe one or more of the conditions are met. This would cover approximately 51,000 properties.

The evidence report includes detailed technical data, area profiles (why some areas are in or out of the scheme), the proposed conditions and fees.

How it may affect you

  • landlords: will need to apply and pay for a licence of approximately £500 for each residential property they rent out in each designated area, and show they have adequate management arrangements in place, are a fit and proper person, follow the licence conditions, and help to deal with anti-social behaviour in their properties. The licence is renewable every five years, and if they don't have a licence or breach the licence conditions, they could be fined or taken to court.
  • tenants: if the rental property is in one of the proposed areas, the landlord will need to apply and pay for a licence and ensure your property is well managed
  • communities: well managed and maintained housing should lead to a reduction in anti-social behaviour and improvements for local communities

Licensing conditions

Every licence must contain certain mandatory conditions and we can include additional conditions. These are:

  • mandatory licence conditions (eg gas safety, electrical appliances and furniture safety, smoke and carbon monoxide detection, tenancy agreements and references)
  • conditions around the tenancy management (eg tenancy deposits, access to property, rent payments and documentation)  
  • conditions around property management (examples include ensuring the property is safe, secure and maintained, energy performance, and removal of waste)
  • conditions around complaints of anti-social behaviour

Which areas are covered under the proposals

You can either use a map or a spreadsheet to look up which areas are being proposed. If you are having problems using them, please contact us for further help.

Have your say

The closing date for comments was Sunday 2 August 2020.

A video of one of the landlords webinar can be viewed:

Next steps

Our Cabinet approved designations for selective licensing, and the proposals for a new scheme, on 16 September 2020. 

An application has now been submitted to the Secretary of State for final approval. We do not have a current time frame for a decision, but if it is approved, we must provide a three-month notice period before any licences are issued and an application process will be published on this website. 

Cabinet agenda and minutes 16 September 2020

Contact us
Selective licensing
03000 268 000