Landlord’s disagree with some of the criteria required. The full requirements are listed below based on real quotes & prices. Note: Not all of the below are additional costs due to Selective Licensing but are included to illustrate the full costs involved for a typical Landlord per property.
- Plans of each floor of the property (update – this has now been removed following negative feedback given to the Council)
- Landlord insurance – up to £200 per year
- A Criminal Record (CRB) Check – £26
- An electrical safety certificate – £140 – £160
- A valid gas safety certificate – £80 – £100
- An EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) – £80 – £100
- A PAT test for portable appliances left in the property – £1 – £2 per item with minimum invoice values e.g. £50
- Evidence of relevant training (e.g. Landlord training)
In total, the associated costs per house cost between £500 – £600. In addition to this, Landlord’s argue further work may be required to bring the house up to ‘new build’ standards despite this not being a requirement in Council houses or being present in a large number of houses in the UK. This could include e.g.
- Latest fuse boards at £350 – £400 (for the electrical safety certificate)
- Fire escape windows (if needed) at £400 – £500
- Wired smoke alarms £160 – £200
- IPC lighting in bathroom £40 – £50
The result of additional works could cost up to a further £1000.