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On the 4th February 2020 at an Extraordinary Full Council Meeting, The Council approved the decision to cover South Wigston Ward through a Selective Licensing scheme.

The designated scheme will become operative on the 5 May 2020 and operate for 5 years. This scheme only covers private-rented houses. You do not need to apply if the property is owner-occupied, housing association or council accommodation.

Please note: where an application is withdrawn or refused the Council reserves the right to levy a reasonable and proportionate administration fee to cover the costs of processing up to the point of withdrawal or refusal. Where a licence is suspended or revoked there will be no reimbursement of the application fee.

For the Report and the reasons why South Wigston has been declared please visit our meetings and agenda report.

The full recording of the meeting can be found on SoundCloud.

The official notice including the area covered by the scheme (Annex A) and the list of streets (Annex B) can be found here Selective Licensing An Introduction (PDF Document, 460.59 Kb). You can also view the Designation here Designation of an Area for Selective Licensing (PDF Document, 313.87 Kb)

Selective Licensing has now moved into the enforcement stage. All applications received after December 2020 are classed as late. To make your selective licensing application see 'How to apply' section below. Failure to make an application will resort in a financial penalty of up to £30,000.

Fees

The fees confirmed by Council were:

A full 5-year license Application £590 and on issuing of the license an additional enforcement fee of £250 is payable.

The £250 enforcement fee will be due within 1 month of the licence being issued.

If on inspection there are issues with the premises the Council may issue an interim 1-year license during which all the works to the property will have to have been undertaken. The landlord will then be required to obtain an additional End of Term License to cover the remaining length of the Scheme.

The additional End of the Term License fee will be £135 for the application and on issuing of the license an additional enforcement fee of £250 is payable.

All late applications will have an additional £100 fee (£690 application fee total). The only exceptions to this additional fee are if the property was empty during the application period or has recently been purchased.

Discounts

Discounts will be available for applicants registered with an accredited body e.g. NLA, RLA, DASH the discount will be £100 per application.

Applicants with multiple properties will be required to submit a full application for each property. The first application will be £590 and on issuing of the license an additional enforcement fee of £250 is payable. All subsequent applications will have a £30 reduction of the original application fee of £590.

There will be no discounts applied to an End of Term license.

How to apply

All Selective Licensing Applications will have to be completed via the online form below. If you are unable to do the form online please call 0116 288 8961.

Apply for your licence

Alongside the application form you will need to provide payment as mentioned above and several documents to support your application.

The documents you will need to provide are:

  • Copy of current gas safety certificate (if applicable).
  • Satisfactory Electrical installation condition report.
  • Proof of a buy to let mortgage.
  • Fire safety risk assessment. Fire Safety Risk Assessment (Word Document, 50 Kb) Guidance: Fire Safety Risk Assessment Guidance (Word Document, 15.4 Kb)
  • Copy of any tenancy agreements (for current tenants).
  • Energy performance certificate (EPC).
  • Information about any person(s) with interest in the property.

Any documents not provided with the application need to be submitted no longer than 1 month after the date of application.

Temporary exemptions notices

If you feel your property is exempt from licensing you may be granted a temporary exemption notice. This notice will last for a maximum of 3 months and can only be issued once per property. Only under exceptional circumstances will a temporary exemption notice be granted.

Only apply for a temporary exemption notice if you are actively selling the property or have gained full possession of the property.

Apply for your temporary exemption notice

Change in circumstances of a property

If you received a letter regarding licensing a property but you are no longer the landlord, the property is not being rented or for any other reason you believe it should not be licenced, please notify us by completing the form below:

Notify us of a change in circumstance of a property

Public Register

You can view selective licences that have already been applied for on our licensing portal. To search the full selective licensing register enter LE18 4 in the search field or search for an individual property by address.

Last updated: Thursday, 26 August 2021 2:55 pm