first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Nottingham selective licensing scheme a “shambles” says leading letting agent previous nextRegulation & LawNottingham selective licensing scheme a “shambles” says leading letting agentScheme designed to improve rented accommodation quality and safety within city faces open revolt among landlords and agents.Nigel Lewis30th July 201801,126 Views A licensing scheme in Nottingham is in trouble after it was revealed that only 10% of eligible properties have been signed up, even though the scheme is due to go live this Wednesday, 1st August.A leading local letting agent has also called the scheme’s implementation a “shambles” and “poorly thought out”.The new licensing scheme means landlords within the city must now apply for a license for each of their properties.This follows a green light for the scheme from the Secretary of State. It is designed to ensure that privately rented properties within Nottingham meet safety and quality standards.Landlords or their managing agents had been given approximately a month to apply for the licenses and pay either a £780 or £480 fee per property for the five-year duration of the scheme, depending on whether they are accredited local landlords or not.The council is also charging landlords/agents £150 is their application requires extra work, £50 if they miss an inspection appointment and £30 for each additional letter that needs to be written.Landlords who do not license their properties face stiff penalties including fines of up to £30,000 and having their properties taken over by the council.RevoltDespite such threats, it has been reported that local landlords are in ‘revolt’ over the new scheme and that licenses for only 3,140 out of the city’s 32,000 privately rented homes currently have license applications pending or completed.Local agent David Thomas (left) of letting agency Liberty Gate told Nottingham Live that the scheme was “ruining the private rented sector” within the city and forcing landlords to sell up or raise rents.“They are lucky they have 3,140. It can take weeks to get one application through and I have 120 I need to submit,” he said.The affected areas of Nottingham are: Arboretum, Bestwood, Bulwell, Bulwell Forest, Basford, Berridge, Bridge, Clifton North, Clifton South, Dales, Dunkirk and Lenton, Leen Valley, Mapperley, Radford and Park, Sherwood, St Ann’s, Wollaton East and Lenton Abbey.Liberty Gate Selective Licensing scheme Nottingham City Council David Thomas July 30, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more