Landlords that don’t apply for a licence to rent out their properties by 1st November risk fines, penalties or even prosecution in certain parts of London Road, Abbeydale Road and Chesterfield Road.

The new Selective Licensing scheme for the area comes into effect from 1st November 2018 which means that landlords must have a licence for every private rented property they control.

The scheme is designed to make sure that landlords can only rent out safe properties that are managed well.

The Selective Licensing scheme is being implemented after a period of consultation with landlords, tenants, residents and business in the area. Many properties had been found to be in need of repair maintenance after inspections by council officers over a three year period.

The deadline to apply is 1st November and only 50 landlords have applied so far.

Each landlord must submit a valid application before the 1st November 2018.

In August and September, landlords and properties in the area were sent application forms and guidance notes. Applications forms and guidance notes are also available online.

A two-staged fee applies, with £500 paid at the time of application and if forms are fully and correctly completed and all requested documents included and valid, a second payment of £250.

Landlords that do not fully and correctly complete the form, do not provide all documentation required, or provide fraudulent information, will have a higher second payment of £500 to pay. Those that do not apply at all, or who have to be reminded, will pay a total of £1,500.

Landlords that don’t comply will be liable for prosecution (as it will be a criminal offence) and/or financial penalties.

Councillor Jim Steinke, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety said:

It’s our responsibility to make sure that all private sector tenants live in homes that are well-cared for and safe and that’s why this selective licensing scheme is so important. We’re urging landlords to apply now so that everything runs smoothly for both landlords and tenants in the area. If they have any questions or queries we’re asking them to get in touch with us as soon as possible so that we can help them with the application process.

Any landlord who hasn’t received an application form or who has any questions should call Private Housing Standards on 0114 2734680.

More about the Selective Licensing scheme, including a full address list of the properties included and how to apply for a licence, is at www.sheffield.gov.uk/laclicense