The controversial landlord licence scheme was introduced by Nottingham council in August this year, but they have so far received only 13,450 applications out of an estimated 32,000 privately rented properties that were selected to enrol.
Of the applications they have received, the council have reportedly only processed a third (5,993) of them, and of these, the majority (3,536) have been rejected due to “paperwork errors”.
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The scheme, designed to enforce quality rental accommodation and to give tenants greater protection from bad landlords, has made it illegal to rent a property without the appropriate licence.
The council said the licence would make it easier for them to take action to ensure landlords addressed problems or, in the worst cases, prosecute those that failed to act.
Accredited landlords must pay £480 per property for the licence while those who don’t have accreditation pay £780. Concerns have been raised by critics of the scheme that landlords would pass the cost on to tenants in the way of increased rents, while rogue landlords will continue to dodge the regulations.
The council have defended the process, saying they have dozens of people working on enforcing the licence.
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Speaking to the Nottingham Post a spokesperson for the council said: “We have a 76-strong team specifically for administering and enforcing selective licencing, paid for through the fees, including everyone from admin support officers to environmental health officers, enforcement officers and senior managers.
“We received approval for selective licensing from the government in April and had three months to launch the scheme. There was always going to be a bulge in applications at this stage of the process which will even out over time when officers can then turn their attention more to enforcement.”
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