What is a Private Renting Licence?
In some parts of the UK, a privately rented home and its landlord must apply for a Private Renting Licence.
A Private Renting Licence ensures that a landlord is a "fit and proper" person to rent out their properties to the public and that the accommodation is of a ‘liveable’ condition, these conditions can include fire detection systems and fire safety notices within the property.
NOTE – If you are the owner of multiple rented properties you may have to complete a licence application for each property.
How does licencing landlords improve living conditions?
Ensuring that privately rented accommodation is licenced means that both landlords and properties will go through checks in accessing whether they are satiable or not. Quality checks will help deal with poor housing standards which has become a common occurrence in privately rented accommodation, as well as addressing poor housing standards and improving tenants’ safety.
Private Renting Licencing ensures that landlords and properties are of a good quality, while improving the overall quality of a tenants living condition.
How to apply for a Private Renting Licence
Private Renting Licence applications must be made via your local council. You can find the contact details for your local council at the Official UK Government Website.