Article Posted -
14 Sep 2018

A recommendation report on Selective Licensing by Great Yarmouth Council has just been published, announcing the scheme will come into effect on January 7, 2019 and run for five years.

The report by Great Yarmouth Borough Council aims to improve housing and social conditions for residents, and according to the report “create a level playing field for the ethical landlords”.

According to the Council, parts of Nelson Ward have suffered significant and persistent levels of sub-standard housing, crime and anti-social behaviour related to the private rented housing sector. While reactive interventions by agencies here have tackled unethical landlords, the Council argues Selective Licensing Schemes have the potential to turn around living conditions in whole areas.

Map of designated area

Under the proposed scheme, which would initially run for five years from December 2018, landlords of private rented housing within the scheme area, except those already subject to mandatory licensing, would be legally obliged to apply for a licence requiring them to meet certain conditions around health and safety and standards.

Fees

A standard application fee will be £90, with a reduction to £70 for either an ‘Early application reduced fee’ (an application made within the first three months of designation), or Selective Licence applicants who are accredited by the National Landlords Association (NLA).

The NLA is pleased the Council has listened on the implementation of selective licensing, with the report stating: “The approaches, successes, failures, and lessons learned by other Councils have been investigated with the National Landlords Association (NLA).”

“…very early on, outline proposals were discussed firstly with the Eastern Landlords Association (ELA), and then the National Landlords Association (NLA), through meetings and landlord forums… the NLA were very constructive, prepared to listen, and offered advice”.

You can read the full report here

You can also read the Council’s FAQs on selective licensing here