A toolkit for responding to licensing consultations

Introduction

The NRLA exists to support landlords and to lobby national and local government on behalf of our members-we are fighting for a fair deal for the nation's landlords. We are always working to support landlords and provide evidence to local councils.

Alongside the NRLA's consultation, we know that some members want to submit their objections to the local authority. That is why we have produced a handy toolkit for landlords should they wish to do so.

Kamma Licensing Resource

The NRLA in partnership with Kamma offers a licensing portal to establish local licensing schemes in your area so you know what you need for your property. 

https://www.nrla.org.uk/services/property-management/365-licensing

Discretionary Licensing

Additional Licensing-

  • Part 2 of the Housing Act 2004 gives local authorities power to introduce licensing schemes for HMOs not covered by mandatory licensing.
  • It is occupied by three or more people making up two or more households, regardless of the number of stories in the property.
  • A local authority may designate either the whole area of their district or an area in their district.

Selective Licensing-

  • Part 3 of the Housing Act 2004 gives local authorities power to introduce a licensing scheme covering almost all PRS properties within a defined area.
  • A local authority may designate either the whole area of their district or an area in their district.

Members only!

A local authority has the power to introduce selective licensing of private rented properties under the Housing Act 2004. The same Act also introduced a licensing regime for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO). 
If a local authority decides to consult on discretionary licensing, this guide will outline the legal requirements the local authority needs to fulfil as well as resources available to members to respond to the consultation process. 

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