By David Asker

Selective licensing is a location-based government provision that requires landlords in selected areas to hold licenses that enable them to legally rent their property. If your property is in an area that has implemented selective licensing then you’ll need to apply for a license.

The Housing Act 2004 gave individual councils the power to implement selective licensing.  Each council will have their own scheme and will be important to find out from the local authority that your property is located in what they have put in place.