The proposed licensing scheme is designed to improve housing standards in privately rented homes and to create strong, healthy and vibrant neighbourhoods.
You can see if your property is in a Selectively Licensed area with our postcode checker.
These zones have been chosen because evidence shows that they have higher rates of housing disrepair, a higher turnover of tenants, littering, fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour than other areas. We also receive more complaints about these concerns from local residents in these neighbourhoods than other areas.
Full information about the scheme and evidence used can be found in the Business Case.
The licenses, one per property, will improve the quality of life for everyone living in the premises and around these neighbourhoods.
To let a property privately in the designated area are a landlord or agent must have a license or face the possibility of a fine.
In order to receive a license the properties and landlord or agent must comply with a number of conditions.
The current consultation asks you to comment on a number of conditions that it is possible to influence. Some conditions of the license are mandatory and have not be included in the consultation as these can't change. You can see a list of excluded conditions here.