Selective Licensing Proposal
What are the penalties if a landlord fails to comply with licensing requirements?
It is an offence to serve a notice under Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 (Notice to Quit) on a tenant of an unlicensed property whilst it remains unlicensed.
If a landlord fails to apply for a licence they could face prosecution and a fine of up to £20,000.
The tenants or the Council could apply for a Rent Repayment Order requiring the repayment of rent paid during the period the property remained unlicensed subsequent to the designation of the selective licensing scheme.
If a licence holder breaches the term of their licence they would be convicting an offence and could face prosecution and a fine up to £5,000 per breach.
Last updated: 4th January 2012
Further pages in Selective Licensing Proposal
- Housing Act 2004 - Proposed Designation for Selective Licensing
- What is Selective Licensing?
- Where are the proposed Selective Licensing Areas?
- How do I find out more?
- How does someone apply for a licence & what information is required?
- What else must a landlord or managing agent do?
- What properties need to be licensed?
- How long does a licence last and what is the cost?
- What happens once a licence is issued?
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