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 December 2016 and runs until 31 October 2021.
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 licence holder 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.
Selective Licenses are not transferrable (Housing Act 2004 Legislation, Part 3, 91 (6)). If the licence holder changes during the life of the scheme, a new application must be submitted.
How to apply
Please note: The current selective licensing scheme comes to an end on 31 October 2021 therefore there is no requirement for any landlords to renew their existing licences.
The Council is currently preparing to go out to consultation with a view to introducing a new scheme next year. As part of this consultation all landlords, residents, tenants and business owners in and around the proposed areas will be able to participate and we welcome their views.
Details of the consultation and how you can take part will be available on the Peterborough City Council website, on social media and in the press. Additionally, flyers will be posted to all households in the proposed and adjacent areas and posters will be seen around the areas.
- £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.
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