Selective Licensing Scheme- Hexthorpe 2022 - 2027

The Council recently consulted on a proposal to introduce a new Selective Licensing scheme for private rented properties in Hexthorpe. On the 15th November 2021, the Council designated an area of Hexthorpe to be an area for Selective Licensing. The new Selective Licensing Scheme will come into force on the 1st March 2022. A copy of the designation and a map of the designated area are published on this page.

The licensing scheme is primarily intended to tackle the identified issue with anti-social behaviour in Hexthorpe, which evidence shows to be directly related to the private rented sector. It will also help to provide a greater choice of safe, good quality and well managed accommodation.

The Council will endeavour to inform all those who are affected by this proposal publicise this designation widely.

 

Designation

The designated the area of Hexthorpe, as defined on the map link below, is an area for selective licensing for a period of 5 years commencing the 1st March 2022. From the 1st March 2022, all private rented properties within the defined area, subject to statutory exemptions, will require a licence.

Map of Hexthorpe defined for Selective licensing

What is Selective Licensing?
A Selective Licence means that all landlords with any privately rented properties in a selected area will need a licence for these properties. Selective Licensing can be introduced if the Council is satisfied that the selected area has at least one of the following issues:
  • low demand (or is likely to become such an area)
  • significant or persistent problems caused by anti-social behaviour
  • poor property conditions
  • high levels of immigration
  • high levels of deprivation
  • high levels of crime
Introducing a Selective Licensing scheme will help to improve the identified issues. All privately rented properties within the proposed areas would need a Selective Licence.

Why introduce Selective Licensing?

The 2018-2019 English Housing Survey reports that the Private Rented Sector (PRS) has doubled in size since the 1990’s, with one in five homes now privately rented, however the proportion of households in the PRS remains unchanged for the sixth year in a row, hovering around 20%.  Analysis of recent data shows that the number of private rented properties in Hexthorpe is almost double the national average with closer to two in five homes being privately rented.

Privately rented housing in Hexthorpe makes up a significant proportion of the areas housing stock so it is important that the properties:
  • are of a good standard
  • are well managed 
We hope that introducing Selective Licensing will help to address significant and persistent anti-social behaviour directly associated with the private rented sector. As a consequence of this, we hope to achieve improved property conditions and to improve the quality of the neighbourhood, to support safe, inclusive and cohesive communities.

Why was there a gap between the end of the 2015-2020 scheme and the new scheme?

Following a review of the 2015 -2020 scheme it was proposed to designate the area for a further 5 years. 

The new designation is a marked changed from the previous scheme. It was planned that there would be a short break between the designations to afford the Council opportunity to raise awareness of the new scheme’s requirements and provide guidance so that landlords and agents can prepare to be compliant from the point that they make their application. The coincidence in timing of the end of the previous scheme and the COVID-19 crisis was such that such a break between the schemes was of particular benefit to all parties and accords with the spirit of government guidance and a request from a landlord association regarding future schemes.

FAQ's - How can I find out more about the scheme?

More information about the new scheme will be published shortly.

Licence fees & Enforcement (including Rent Repayment Orders)

The licence fee will be £600 for a 5 year licence. The fee will be in two parts:
  • Part 1- application fee (£200)
  • Part 2- compliance monitoring fee/ grant fee (£400)

As part of this consultation we considered:

  1. The ability to pay the Part 2 licence fee on a “pay as you go” basis e.g. a pro-rata monthly/annual fee for the duration of the licence rather than a one off non-refundable fee when the licence is granted.
  2. A reduced licence fee for membership of an approved body e.g. Landlord Association

It was established that there is no legal ability to offer any alternative to an upfront fee paid in full. We are however able to offer a £50 discount to applicants who are members of a relevant recognised body, e.g. Landlord association.

Further details will be published here shortly.

It is a criminal offence to operate without a licence. On conviction a landlord can be given an unlimited fine. In some circumstances, the Council can issue a financial penalty instead of seeking conviction which can be up to a value of £30,000. Further should a landlord fail to licence their property, tenants have the ability to apply for a Rent Repayment Order to the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber). The Tribunal can make an order for the landlord to re-pay the tenant up to 12 months rent for the period in which the offence was occurring. If the Council has evidence that a landlord has failed to licence, we may supply tenants with that evidence to support their application for an RRO. Click here to access the application form to commence an RRO. 

Licence conditions

As a licence holder you must comply with the terms and conditions of the licence. View the licence conditions.

 Where can I obtain further information & how do I apply for a licence?

If you require any further advice or information contact us by email at Selective.Licensing@doncaster.gov.uk 

Information on how to apply for a licence can be found at the link below.

Apply for a licence

Last updated: 28 April 2022 12:20:47