Landlord Selective Licensing
Selective licensing focuses on the management of private rented properties in areas of low demand and, or, with high levels of antisocial behaviour. The principle aim is to improve landlords’ management of properties and in doing so, help regenerate the area. As a result of this, not all local authorities require properties to be licensed under part 3 of the Housing Act 2004 (HA 2004) and the local authorities which do, do not always require the licence in all areas which fall under their jurisdiction. Licensing under part 3 of the HA 2004 is not to be confused with HMO licensing under part 2 of the same.
From 1 October 2016, all privately rented property in the below areas will require to be licensing under part 3 of the HA 2004:
The above areas fall under the jurisdiction of Tower Hamlets Council, if your property is in any of these areas you will likely require a property license. Landlords can also apply for an exemption which is usually temporary unless your property is not one which requires licensing or exemption.
The following designation areas are currently operating licensing under part 3 of the HA 2004 in Burnley:
- The Burnley Trinity area selective licensing area
- The Burnley Gannow area selective licensing area
- The Burnley Queensgate and Duke Bar area selective licensing area
Selective licensing in the following designation areas comes into force on 15 November 2016:
- The Burnley Wood with Healey Wood area selective licensing area
- The Burnley Leyland Road area selective licensing area
- The Burnley Ingham and Lawrence Street area selective licensing area
It is a criminal offence to rent out a property in the designated area without a licence. The Council will seek to prosecute those landlords who fail to meet the legislative requirements.
Author: Mr Sasha Charles for LA Lettings and Landlord Advice UK