Selective Licensing in Luton
Luton Borough Council (LBC) have introduced a Selective Licensing Scheme across 5 areas of Luton. From the 1st April 2018 every landlord letting residential accommodation within the designated areas will require a licence.
PLEASE NOTE THAT FOLLOWING A MEETING ON 8TH MARCH 2018 THE COUNCIL CONFIRMED THEIR INTENTION TO MAKE FURTHER CHANGES TO THE LICENSING SCHEME AND WE EXPECT THESE TO INCLUDE:
a) Removal of the requirement to provide an Electrical Installation Condition Report.
The scheme will be postponed with a new consultation period starting for 12 weeks during April 2018. Following the completion of the consultation period the scheme will not start again until 3 months have elapsed. Therefore, we anticipate that the scheme will not recommence until at least October or November 2018
A copy of the document being discussed by the council on 26th March 2018 can be downloaded here
CONFIRMATION THAT THESE (OR OTHER) CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE WILL BE NOTIFIED ON 27TH MARCH 2018
It will be a criminal offence for a landlord to let a property in a designated area without a licence.
We will be holding another webinar to update you and answer any questions you may have at the following time:
- 6pm on Tuesday 27th March 2018 CLICK HERE TO ATTEND
Rob Wellstead, MD, will be hosting the webinars, which are free and will be aimed at answering any questions you may have.
You can find out more about this Selective Licensing Scheme and the reasons why it has been introduced by clicking here.
Download our eBook on Selective Licensing
Which areas will need a licence?
If you let a property in the following areas then you will need a licence:
- Farley Ward – excluding Stockwood Park, Golf Course and Farley Council Estate
- High Town Ward – excluding Wardown Park, Popes Meadow, Peoples Park and Bell Close Park
- South Ward – excluding Capability Green, Gipsy Lane Retail Park and Manor Road Park
- Dallow Ward
- Biscot Ward
The council's map can be found here.
A clearer map showing each ward can be found here.
How much will it cost?
A fee is payable to the council for each property. There is a discount for clients of Lenwell (as we are an ARLA registered agent) and a discount for early applications (until the 30th June 2018). The fee structure can be found here.
What do I need to obtain a licence?
- Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) Available via ourselves for £187.50 plus VAT Order Here
- Please note additional electrical work may be required for a property to acheive a satisfactory EICR
- Basic floorplans £35 plus VAT Order Here
- Tenancy Agreement Available upon request
- Current Gas Safety Certificate Available upon request
- Energy Performance Certificate Available upon request
We can assist in providing you with the paperwork required to complete the application, but are not able to make the application on your behalf. We understand that this new requirement will create an administrative burden for landlords. Please be assured we are making every effort to work with the Council to try and make this process as simple as possible.
At this stage we recommend that you:
- Instruct us to order an Electrical Report and/or Floorplan (Order Here). Please note we expect a high demand therefore it may take up to 30 days to provide you with these documents.
- Collate the paperwork required to submit with your application.
- Wait to submit the application until further notice. We are liaising with the Council and hope to make the application process simpler for our landlords. Further information will be sent by the 15th March 2018
Due to the expected high demand for assistance please send any requests for documents by email only to: firstname.lastname@example.org