NLA Responds to Doncaster Council's Selective Licensing Plans
The NLA has responded to Doncaster Council’s consultation on its proposals to introduce a selective licensing scheme in parts of Edlington.
The consultation ran from 18th April until 11 July – Read the NLA’s response here.
If introduced, the selective licensing scheme will require landlords of all privately rented property in the designated area to obtain a licence and comply with its conditions. Failure to obtain a licence is a criminal offence and could result in fines of up to £20,000.
This follows on from the Council having introduced a similar selective licensing scheme in Hexthorpe, which is running from 2015 to 2020.
The Council are currently considering the responses to the consultation before a decision is reached on which of the two options for scheme coverage is taken forward. After which, a recommendation will be made to Doncaster Council’s Cabinet and if the scheme is approved for implementation it is anticipated that it will start in December 2017.
The two proposed areas are:
If it goes ahead, a licence will cost £515 per property rented, with a £15 discount for any 2nd and subsequent application from the same applicant. A £50 penalty will be added if the application has to be prompted after 3 months of the scheme’s introduction.
Alternatively, landlords can use the Approved Partner Accreditation Scheme where the initial cost is £80, with monthly payments and annual inspections costs thereafter.