The licensing system for landlords in the UK is far from straightforward in some areas many properties don’t need a license while in others you need to pay a premium per property. Landlord licensing can provide an extra burden on professional landlords whose intentions are to secure additional income for their future.
In Scotland and Wales the situation is much simpler all landlords need to be licensed and the license applies to the landlord rather than to specific properties. In England it is very different HMOs with at least 3 storeys with 5 or more tenants requires a mandatory license across the nation. But for smaller properties or B2Ls it is up to the local authority to decide whether or not a license is needed and how much the fees will be.
Below are all the current English local authorities that apply a selective licensing regime to landlords of smaller properties (non HMOs)
|Local of authority||Pricing|
|Gedling (Nottingham)||Below £500|
|Stoke on Trent||Below £500|
|Tower Hamlets||Below £500|
|West Lindsey (East midlands)||Below £500|
|Waltham Forest||Below £500|
|Hammersmith & Fulham||Below £500|
|East Staffs||£500 -£750|
|Ashfield (East Midlands)||£500 -£750|
|Suffolk Coastal||£500 -£750|
|Barking & Dagenham||Over £1000|