Selective Licensing - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

This list will be updated to incorporate frequently asked questions raised during the consultation period.
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Output Areas (or OAs for short) were used to collect the data which informed the proposed area for Selective Licensing which is currently being consulted upon.

OAs are a geographical area which has its boundaries defined by central Government and are the smallest geographical area that we can access a wide range of data at.

In essence they are like pieces of jigsaw which slot together to make up a ward boundary and each OA has approximately 200-300 people living in them.

As these areas are defined by the government based on census data, Bournemouth Council does not have the ability to change the shape of these OAs - that is why they often appear to cut through roads or streets as shown on the 'proposed area' in the consultation documents.

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There will be a requirement for a landlord to apply for a licence as soon as the designation comes into force.  There will be a three-month notice period before the scheme begins, giving landlords time to make their applications in advance.
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There could be a fine of up £20 000 on summary conviction for not having a licence and the landlord may not be ’fit and proper’ to hold any other Housing Act licenses.  There could also follow a rent repayment order of up to 12 months’ rent.
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Yes, there is an appeal to the First Tier Residential Property Tribunal.
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Yes, all licenced properties will be held on a public register which will be available to view freely on-line.
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The licence fee income can only be spent on the running and administration of the scheme.
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No you are allowed to have up to two lodgers living as part of your household if you are an owner occupier.

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Not if you are an owner occupier.
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Yes, all landlords applying for a licence will have to have a ‘fit and proper’ person check. This will include things like any unspent housing convictions, offenses involving fraud, violence or drugs. Any offence listed in the Schedule 3 to the Sexual Offences Act 2003, and any unlawful discrimination on the grounds of sex, colour, race, ethnic or disability in connection with the carrying out of any business.
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The licence is granted to the landlord or agent.  However, landlords will be required to hold a separate license for each property they own, unless they own the freehold of a block of flats in which case one licence may cover the whole block.
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Properties that are solely used as Holiday Accommodation would not require a Selective License and would be exempt from the proposed Selective Licensing scheme.
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A licence is required for all privately rented accommodation that is not already licenced as a house in multiple occupation (HMO).  This means all properties rented to single households as well as smaller shared properties that fall outside the statutory definition of an HMO.

Any other questions?

If you are unable to find the information you require, either in the consultation document or the FAQs please email selective.licensing@bournemouth.gov.uk or call 01202 451515.

Alternatively, you can attend one of the drop-in sessions.