The council can only issue a single buildings licence when the landlord is in control of the whole building. Where a landlord owns more than one flat, but is not in control of the freehold, the council cannot issue a single licence for the whole building and requires individual licence applications for each flat.
Where applicable, all discounts can apply to the same licence application. In the case of multiple flats within the same building where the landlord is not the freeholder, the discount will only apply to the initial application.
Refunds are not normally granted should the licence be revoked or refused for any reason during the course of the licensing period. The only circumstances in which we would consider the refund of part of the licence fee is if the licence is revoked or refused before the council carries out an inspection of the licence. We will still charge for the processing and issuing of the licence and any other costs incurred up to the point that the licence is revoked or refused.
You can find the range of licensing conditions for the selective licensing scheme here.
Refusal of licence application
We can refuse your licence application if we decide you are not a fit and proper person or if the property does not meet the licensing conditions. Your licence application may also be refused if there is no reasonable prospect of an alternative licence holder being appointed, or of the property being brought up to the required standards within an acceptable time period.
You may appeal if we decide to:
- refuse a licence
- grant a licence with conditions
- revoke a licence
- vary a licence
- refuse to vary a licence
You must appeal to the residential property tribunal within 28 days. You can find more information on the housing tribunals section of the Government website.
It is an offence if the landlord or person in control of the property:
- fails to apply for a licence for a licensable property
- allows a property to be occupied by more people than is permitted under the licence
An unlimited fine may be imposed. In addition, breaking any of the licence conditions can result in fines of up to £5,000 per offence.