The council’s selective licensing scheme aims to improve the living standards within the ever increasing private rented properties within the four designated areas of the city. The scheme came into effect on 1 September 2016 and will last for 5 years.
The scheme requires all landlords who privately rent out properties in the four areas to obtain a licence from the council. They need to show basic safety checks have been carried out and that they have appropriate management arrangements in place.
The licence holder and any manager must be a fit and proper person and must declare certain convictions or breaches of certain laws.
It is a criminal offence to let a privately rented property in a designated area without a licence and failure to apply for one could lead to an unlimited fine. Failure to comply with any of the conditions of the licence could lead to a fine of up to £5,000. It is also a criminal offence to make a false statement in an application for a licence or fail to comply with any condition of a licence.
What you will need
- Details of the tenants
- Information about the property to be licensed
- Documents relating to the property, the licence holder and any manager (see checklist below)
- If the manager and licenceholder are two different people then an additional Fit and Proper Person Sheet will need to be completed (see below)
Properties with a mandatory HMO licence are exempt. There are also a number of other circumstances which mean you do not have to apply for a licence. Please see below for a full list of exemptions.
Who needs to apply
All landlords (unless exempt) who rent out a property in any of the designated areas.
You can find details and a map of the designated areas on the selective licensing areas page.
How to apply
Applications and payments are made online, please ensure you have all the information detailed in ‘what you will need’ to enable you to complete you application in full.
During the application process you will need to register for a Peterborough 'My account' if you don't already have one.
From 1 December 2016 onwards:
- £900 - for a single let property
- £900 - for a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO). This is a house let to three of more persons forming two or more households, some HMOs already require a licence.
For properties where a landlord can evidence that they are being let for the first time i.e. newly purchased properties then the fee will be:
- £600 - for a single let property
- £750 - for a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO). This is a house let to three of more persons forming two or more households, some HMOs already require a licence.
Please note: Until 31 January 2018 only*
Landlords who qualified for a discounted fee on applications made prior to 1 December 2016 and who purchase new rental properties (ie properties that have never been rented out before, such as new builds, properties that have been owner occupied) during the scheme period should contact the selective licensing team by email to email@example.com regarding the appropriate fee.
*The removal of the discounted fee from the scheme was approved and published on the city council's website on 29 November 2017. Further details and a copy of the decision can be found on our democracy site.
Temporary Exemption Notices
Application can be made for a Temporary Exemption to licence a property within a Selective Licensing Area under Part 3 of the Housing Act 2004.
Temporary exemptions can only be applied for if you are in the process of returning the property to owner occupation.
A landlord can apply for a Temporary Exemption notice where they intend to take steps to ensure that the house does not require a licence. For example:
- Where there is a sale agreed to someone who intends to live in the property themselves
- Where the owner is moving back into the property
- Where the property is undergoing current conversion works to change the use into a commercial premises
If you have any questions or would like help completing your application for Selective Licensing, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01733 747474.