Nottingham City Council makes EPCs mandatory in licensing scheme for landlords

Nottingham City Council has launched a selective licensing scheme for landlords to drive up standards in privately rented properties.

The scheme came into force on 1st June and charges landlords £460 or £780 per licence (for accredited and non-accredited landlords respectively).

A landlord must obtain one licence per property, which is valid for five years. Within this time the council will conduct an inspection and may withdraw a licence if a property is not deemed to be meet standards.

In a welcome move for domestic energy assessors, the Council has listed a valid Energy Performance Certificate as one of the requirements to obtain the licence.

Landlords who fail to adhere to the new legislation face a penalty notice of up to £30,000 or an unlimited fine from the court.

Principal Environmental Health OfficerSteve Matthews said “selective licencing will ensure that landlords are managing the properties better and that they have the appropriate training and the appropriate documents in place for safety certificates as well as insurance.”

The new rules do not cover the whole of the city and there are some exemptions, such as those managed by Housing Associations and Nottingham City Homes properties.

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Article Published: 29th August 2018

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