A new landlord licensing scheme approved today, will mean that private landlords operating in designated areas of Peterborough will have to apply for a licence or face potential fines of up to £20,000 and prosecution.
The Selective Licensing scheme, due to launch later this year, if approved by government, is being introduced as a means to improve the standard of management of private rented property in a specific area.
Selective Licensing may be introduced into an area if that area qualifies as having one or more of the following conditions:
Low housing demand
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
Under the new scheme landlords will have to pay £600 per property. However, landlords who are accredited with the National Landlords Association (NLA) will save £550 on every property licence fee.
Landlord accreditation is a way of improving standards and practice in the private rented sector through education and professional development. The NLA currently works with over 65 local councils and 5 universities across England as their accreditation partner, and the NLA scheme is recognised by another 50 local authorities.
Richard Lambert, Chief Executive Officer of the NLA, said:
The NLA has been instrumental in ensuring landlords in the area get a fair deal, and after pressure Peterborough Council responded by taking a more targeted approach to its licensing scheme.
We are pleased that the Council listened to us and that it has also shown a willingness to work with landlords by offering discounts to those who are accredited.
Accreditation is a badge of knowledge and competence. Any landlords who aren t accredited with the NLA can do so easily and entirely online.
NLA Full Membership starts from only £89 a year. For more information about becoming an NLA member or NLA Accreditation please visit the NLA s website.