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Private Renting Licence

Living in the hustle and bustle of the UK, it seems that every tenant and resident that you come across is renting out a room or property from a private landlord. But, if you are yourself a landlord and are looking to rent out a space, you will need a Private Renting Licence first.

LICENCE Name

Private Renting Licence

AUTHORITY

Local Council

TIME TO GET LICENCED 4 weeks
COST £500
VALID FOR 5 years
ELIGIBILITY 18+ years, right to work in UK
STEPS TO GET LICENSED
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Application for Private Renting Licence

valid gas safety certificate
electrical installation condition report
tenancy agreement
Get Licenced

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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.

FAQs

Private Renting Licences ensure that private landlords are following all health and safety requirements while also highlighting landlords that put tenants at risk by supplying properties and accommodations that are not of good condition.  
Whether you need a licence to rent your property or not will depend on which part of the UK you reside in. Some areas do require a licence, however areas that do will require landlords to obtain a Private Renting Licence. Landlords found renting a property without a licence may face a fine of up to £30,000.
The cost of a Private Renting Licence will depend on the local authority and how they have devised costs. Licences can start from £500 and go up to £1,000 depending on the area in which you are based.
A private landlord who is renting out their property to residents can apply for a Private Renting Licence. This could also be a manager who is employed by the property owner.
Yes. By law, councils have to keep a register that can be accessed by the public. Many local authorities will have an online searchable database in which tenants can check to see if their landlord has been licenced or not.
If you are a resident and you suspect that a property has not been licenced, you must contact your local authority.
Most Private Renting Licences last up to 5 years. You will need to renew your licence after the 5 years duration period if you continue to rent out your property.