Published: 19th Oct 2018

More councils than ever are turning to selective licensing to tackle rogue landlords and dismal housing quality in the rental market. After a landlord applies for a licence they have to take a ‘fit and proper’ person test and pay a fee. It ranges from council to council, with it usually costing between £350 and £1000 and lasting for up to five years. In return, they’ll face inspections to check if they are adhering to certain health and safety conditions. If the license is breached, landlords could be prosecuted and face fines of up to £30,000. With local authority budgets slashed to the bone, many are turning to selective licensing as a means of raising the funds to enforce inspections and drive up property standards which have left one in three homes in the cheapest 20% of the private rental sector failing to meet the Government’s ‘Decent Homes Standard.’ However, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)