The following section has important information for landlords and agents. It sets out the criteria landlords/property licence holders need to meet and the standards for licensed properties.
Failure to license properties that need to be licensed is an offence. The council has a range of powers to enforce its property licensing schemes.
There are three criteria that need to be met:
2. Licence holders and agents must be a ‘fit and proper’ person. Section 66 of the Housing act 2004, sets out the evidence that the council must have regard to and the Guide to completing an online application form (PDF, 148KB) directs you to further information on what this means
3. Licence holders or agents are required to be accredited within 12 months of the licence being issued
Licence holders can become accredited with one of the following organisations:
- London Landlord Accreditation Scheme (LLAS)
- Accreditation and Training for Landlord and Agents Service (ATLAS)
- National Landlords Association (NLA)
- Residential Landlords Association (RLA)
- Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA)
- National Approved Lettings Scheme (NALS)
- UK Association of Letting Agents (UKALA)
Accreditation is different to just being a member of these organisations and involves demonstrating a level of competence; it usually means you need to successfully complete an accreditation training course prior to becoming accredited. Landlords should check their membership status with the organisation if they are unsure.
To maintain accreditation, landlords must complete Continuing Professional Development. This usually means at least 10 hours of training a year.
Landlords who become accredited before applying for a licence are eligible for a £50 discount.
Exemptions from Licensing
Some dwellings and lettings are excluded from licensing requirements, for example:
- where the tenancies or licences are granted by registered social landlords and housing providers, including most housing associations and the Council
- tenancies or licences granted by police, fire brigade or health service body
- university/college accommodation occupied by students and controlled by the university/college
- where the owner or their relatives occupy a property on a long leasehold
- where a family member rents the property from you (evidence will need to be provided, for example birth certificates or an affidavit)
- long lease tenancies, where a landlord grants a lease for a term of over 21 years to a tenant
- properties leased to a local authority on a private sector lease and used as temporary accommodation.
For full details of all the exemptions that apply please see the Guide to completing an online application form (PDF, 148KB).
Landlords who are on the cash incentives scheme are not exempt from property licensing and need to apply for a licence prior to the property being occupied.