Selective property licensing

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Overview and licensing conditions

All privately rented homes let to a single person, 2 people, or a single household (e.g. a family) within the selective licensing zone require a selective licence.

The scheme came into force on 17 November 2022 and will run for 5 years. It aims to provide safer, well-managed housing for private renters in the areas most in need.

Read the official Notice of Designation for the scheme

Licensing conditions

All privately-rented homes licenced under the scheme must comply with the set conditions for a selective licence .

We may carry out a visit during the licence period to ensure that you are complying with the licence conditions. Failure to comply could result in enforcement action in accordance with our private-sector housing enforcement policy .

Contact the private sector housing team (property licensing)