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Selective Licensing Scheme

Coronavirus: Landlords and Renters

  • Coronavirus regulations have meant that for a period of time landlords must give six months’ notice to evict tenants.  The government has also brought in some restrictions on eviction dates eg over the winter period.  Check the latest rules with the with the court service
  • Tenants are still liable for their rent and should pay this as usual. If they face financial hardship and struggle to pay this, support is available and we would encourage tenants and landlords to work together to put in place a rent payment scheme.
  • Landlords will also be protected by a 3 month mortgage payment holiday where they have a Buy to Let mortgages.
  • Landlords remain legally obligated to ensure properties meet the required standard – urgent, essential health and safety repairs should be made. An agreement for non-urgent repairs to be done later should be made between tenants and landlords. Local authorities are also encouraged to take a pragmatic, risk-based approach to enforcement.

See the Government website for more information.

Proposed Selective Licensing Scheme Paused

The Council has paused its proposed Selective Licensing Scheme due to the coronavirus outbreak. The announcement follows guidance issued by the MHCLG on 28th March that selective licensing schemes that are not yet in force should be paused.

Selective Licensing

The Council’s Selective Licensing Scheme requires all landlords who privately rent out properties in a designated area within the Anglesey ward to obtain a licence from the council. The scheme came into effect in 2017 and will last for 5 years.

The scheme aims to improve private rented properties and the health of tenants by ensuring that all property within the designated area is managed to a satisfactory standard and are safe and free from serious hazards prior to a licence being granted.

The scheme is being used to tackle problems in areas caused by poor property standards, anti-social behaviour, low housing demand, migration,deprivation and high levels of crime. The benefits are:

  • Higher standards of management by ensuring landlords and agents are clear about their responsibilities
  • Better housing conditions and a reduction in overcrowding
  • Improved image of the area making it a more desirable place to live
  • Improved ability for landlords to deal with rogue tenants
  • Reduction in crime and anti-social behaviour
  • Improved waste management/reduction in overgrown gardens

How does it work?

All private landlords with residential property within the designated area need to apply for a licence for each property.

In order to become a licence holder they must be a fit and proper person and must declare certain convictions or breaches of certain laws.

A landlord has to meet a certain standard before they can legally rent out a property, this includes showing basic safety checks have been carried out and that they have appropriate management arrangements in place.

Where is the designated area?

View a Map of the Designated Area

List of the Streets included in the designated area:

  • All Saints Croft, DE14 3EA
  • All Saints Croft, DE14 3GP
  • Bailey Street, DE14 3AN
  • Blackpool Street, DE14 3AL
  • Blackpool Street, DE14 3AR
  • Blackpool Street, DE14 3AT
  • Blackpool Street, DE14 3AW
  • Branston Road, DE14 3BD
  • Branston Road, DE14 3BS
  • Branston Road, DE14 3BT
  • Branston Road, DE14 3BY
  • Branston Road, DE14 3GP
  • Branston Road, DE14 3TW
  • Broadway Street, DE14 3NB
  • King Street, DE14 3AE
  • King Street, DE14 3AF
  • King Street, DE14 3AG
  • Queen Street, DE14 3LR
  • Rose Cottage Close, DE14 3AS
  • Rose Cottage Gardens, DE14 3AQ
  • Royal Court, King Street, DE14 3AF
  • Royal Court, King Street, DE14 3BB
  • Trent Street, DE14 3AP
  • Watson Street, DE14 3AH
  • Wood Street, DE14 3AB

Application Information

Who needs to apply?

All landlords (unless exempt) who rent out a property in the designated area will require a licence.

How to apply

To apply for a Selective Licence, please download the application form and guidance document.  The guidance document will help you complete the form and also explains how you can submit your application once completed.  If you own several properties or a block of flats you will need to complete a separate application form for each property or flat.

Are there any exemptions?

Properties with a mandatory HMO licence are exempt. There are also a number of other circumstances which mean you do not have to apply for a licence.  Please see link for a full list of exemptions http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2006/370/pdfs/uksi_20060370_en.pdf.

Fees and How to pay

Once an application has been received an invoice for payment will be sent to the landlord which will be calculated based on the type of the property and any eligible discounts as detailed below. Please DO NOT send a cheque with the application form as this will not be processed. Fees

Property/ Licence Type Standard Fee Accredited Landlord discount Introductory Discount (1) Multiple property discount (2)
Single Property £466 - £50 - £100 - £50
House in Multiple Occupation (not subject to mandatory HMO licence) £569 - £50 - £100 - £50

(1) for complete applications received within 6 weeks of the required application period for the property based on the phase

(2) applies for the cost of the second and subsequent properties

Licence Conditions

Licence conditions are attached to each licence which relate to the management of the property. Under the terms of the Housing Act 2004, several conditions are also mandatory.

They include:

  • A gas safety certificate must be obtained annually and produced to the council (if there is a gas supply to the house)
  • Electrical appliances and furniture supplied by the landlord must be kept in safe condition
  • Smoke alarms must be installed in the house and should be well maintained
  • The licence holder must supply the occupiers with a tenancy agreement
  • The licence holder must demand references from prospective tenants 

These conditions mean that landlords will have to upgrade currently unsafe or unhealthy properties and will enhance the protection available to tenants. In addition to the mandatory conditions the council has attached local conditions which are available here. These conditions will be monitored by the council to ensure they are being complied with.

Failure to comply with any of the conditions of the licence could lead to a financial penalty of up to £30,000. In this situation the council would consider whether to revoke the licence and take over the management of the property. 

It is also a criminal offence to let a privately rented property in a designated area without a licence. Failure to apply for one could lead to an unlimited fine or a civil penalty of £30,000. 

It is also a criminal offence to make a false statement in an application for a licence or fail to comply with any condition of a licence.


The council has a Housing Enforcement team which utilises a wide range of tools to tackle poor property condition, inadequate tenancy management and improve conditions in the private rented sector.

These are detailed within the Housing Enforcement Policy

As part of a coordinated approach, Selective Licensing will compel landlords to maintain good standards and raise the profile of problem properties that have gone unnoticed previously. Through the increased awareness amongst the community and across agencies, Selective Licensing will become a valuable mechanism for identifying and dealing with bad practice amongst private landlords and assist landlords to meet their obligations for tackling anti-social behaviour caused by tenants.

A comprehensive database is being developed of the private rented sector within East Staffordshire and it is envisaged that by introducing Selective Licensing in the proposed area, it will strengthen this system. 

Temporary Exemption Notices

Application can be made for a Temporary Exemption to licence a property within the Selective Licensing Area under Part 3 of the Housing Act 2004.

Temporary exemptions can only be applied for if you are in the process of returning the property to owner occupation.

A landlord can apply for a Temporary Exemption notice where they intend to take steps to ensure that the house does not require a licence. For Example: 

  • Where there is a sale agreed to someone who intends to live in the property themselves
  • Where the owner is moving back into the property
  • Where the property is undergoing current conversion works to change the use into a commercial premises 

You cannot use a Section 21 Notice to evict tenants from a property that is subject to licensing, if you do not have a licence. 

To apply for a temporary exemption notice please contact us for an application form.


The Council keeps a register of Selective Licences issues and Temporary Exemption Notices.  You can view the registers on-line or in person by making an appointment to visit our main office.

Selective Licensing Register

Temporary Exemption Notice Register

Supporting Documents

Contact us

If you have any questions or would like help completing your application for Selective Licensing, you can email selectivelicensing@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk or telephone 01283 508523.