Licensing for Landlords
Nottingham City Council Licensing Schemes
We run three different Licensing Schemes; Mandatory, Additional and Selective.
The licence that you need depends on where the property you rent is, and how many people or households live there.
When you apply for a licence, we will work out which Scheme your property comes under based on the answers you give us.
You can check if your property needs a licence.
The scheme came into force on 1 August 2018. If you rent a property in Nottingham you'll probably need a licence. The scheme is estimated to cover over 30,000 privately rented homes in a designated area.
Additional Licensing requires houses in multiple occupation (HMO's) shared by 3 or more people (forming 2 or more households) who share or lack a WC, cooking or personal hygiene facilities and are located within an Additional Licensing area of the City to hold a licence.
Mandatory licensing requires houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) shared by 5 or more people, forming 2 or more households, who share or lack a WC, cooking or personal hygiene facilities, located anywhere in the City to hold a licence.
Please remember that licences are given for individual properties so you need one for each property that you rent out. They can’t be transferred between properties or people either, so a new owner needs a new licence too.
View our guide on a checklist of things you should do before renting a property.
You’ll be able to use the Nottingham Standard logo for your marketing and will also pay the lowest licence application fee if you need a Mandatory or Additional (HMO) licence.
You can apply for each licence here. The pages also tell you the documents you must provide to get a licence, such as Gas Safety, EICR, EPC and proof that you have the right to remain in the UK.
You can apply for a licence before you rent your property. You should do this because once the property is being rented, if you haven’t applied for a licence, you could be committing an offence and you risk the following:
- A Civil Penalty Notice of up to £30,000
- Your tenants or the Council applying for a Rent Repayment order
This could end up with 100% of a year’s worth of rent being paid back to the tenant or the Council.
- A prosecution including an unlimited fine and a criminal record
- Being put on the ‘National Rogue Landlord Database’
- Being banned from working as a landlord (and losing the licence to rent anywhere in England) for at least 12 months, and in some cases indefinitely