Landlord Licensing Scheme

All private landlords in the city must obtain a licence for each of their rented properties. This scheme has been introduced under the government’s selective licensing laws and signing up for it is compulsory.

What are the benefits of the scheme?

The scheme will ensure that licensed landlords in the city are ‘fit and proper’. Before they are granted a licence we’ll be asking landlords to declare convictions for dishonesty, violence or drug-related offences, or breaches of housing, landlord or tenant laws.

Licensed landlords’ properties must meet fire, electric and gas safety standards and be in a good state of repair. Licensed landlords must be able to deal effectively with any complaints about their tenants.

How do I apply?

First, you will need to apply for a 'fit and proper person' check which costs £50. This is Part 1 of the application process.

Apply for a 'fit and proper person' check online

Once this check has been paid for and completed, you'll be asked to submit individual property details along with the fee for each licence. This is Part 2 of the application process.

Please contact us if you'd like a paper application form and we'll email it to you.

If you have not already submitted an application you need to so as soon as possible to prevent being charged an administration fee or being met by enforcement action.

How much will a licence cost?

First property: £400 
Each additional property: £350
Discount for members of one of our approved co-regulation organisations: £200.

The licence fee is non-refundable. Licences cannot be transferred to another person.

How long will the licence last?

Licences run until the end of the scheme on 31st March 2020. In some circumstances, such as when there as been a history of previous poor management, a licence may be issued for a shorter period.

Application guides