MAJOR CHANGES PROPOSED AFFECTING
ALL LANDLORDS, TENANTS & AGENTS!

Durham County Council (DCC) are proposing to introduce Selective Licencing county wide!

Landlords could have to pay a licence fee of £590 per property!

Tenants could see rent increase by £5 per week!

Many Landlords could sell up. This could trigger falling house prices.

It will be harder for Tenants to find property to rent.

DURHAM PLuSS have a positive alternative but unless we can show it has wide support, Selective Licensing which will essentially be be a Durham Tenant Tax will be steam-rollered through.



  • Suggested scheme fees up to  £590 per property!

  • Fines of up to £30,000 if not licenced

  • Extra admin for applications, compliance and inspections

  • Landlord is made responsible for tenants behavior

  • Referencing requirements imposed

  • New mortgage rules mean Landlords may struggle to finance upfront costs.

  • Public Register of Landlords and the Properties They Own
  • Durham County Council will label where you live an area of
    • low housing demand
    • anti-social behaviour
    • high deprivation


  • This effectively categorises where you live as suffering high criminality and antisocial behaviour


  • It could put off prospective buyers and drive down house prices!


  • The scheme, as proposed, will not succeed in any of the claims made by the Council because it is ill thought out, targets the wrong people and massive areas.


  • However, it will raise £25M that can only be spent on
    administration! It is a Job Scheme for Council Officers!


  • Rent increases around £5 per week from the Durham Tenant Tax

  • Council Can Inspect Property Without Notice

  • References Required For Last 5 Years

  • Additional Referencing and Other Licence Rules Will Require Landlords to be More Discriminating Which Will Make it More Difficult For Tenants To Get a Property

  • Landlords will put off improvements as they need to pay the fee upfront 

  • Fewer properties to rent


  • Lost Business – Some Landlords sell up or retire. Many will stop buying.


  • Need to keep informed about the scheme to advise clients - This could mean extra time spent/ staff costs

  • Landlord clients expecting advice all at once when the scheme comes in.


  • Legal liabilities
  • Increase Rent Arrears – Leading to Increased Costs

  • Lost Business – Some Landlords Sell Up or Move to Self Manage

  • Massive Up Front Admin to Get Licenced - Temporary Staff Costs

  • Increased Costs Due to Referencing and Other Compliance Requirements

  • Legal liabilities


  • Lost Regular Business – Some Landlords will sell up or retire. Many will stop buying.


  • Lower Price Pressures - Agents and Landlords will shop around more to get a cheaper price.


  • Few conversions and refurbishments as Landlords stop investing in new projects and improvements.

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