The government says the entire private rental sector in the city…
All rented private homes in Oxford will need a license from September, following the government’s green light.
Some 49.3% of all houses in Oxford are now privately rented.
An independent review of housing conditions in 2020 found that one-fifth (6,200) of Oxford’s 30,500 private rental sector homes may be at serious housing risk.
Currently, only HMOs need a license to operate, although they account for less than 15% of private rented accommodation in Oxford.
The selective licensing approval means that all rented private homes will need a licence, requiring private owners to show they comply with the law by meeting safety and management standards, being a ‘person’ fit and proper” and adhering to municipal waste storage and disposal requirements. .
The selective licensing regime will last for five years and will begin on September 1.
A five-year license will cost £480, with a £400 discount for owners who apply within the first three months.
There will also be a reduced fee of £280 for Accredited Owners.