Mandatory registration for private landlords
The new Landlord Registration Scheme has now been launched in Northern Ireland. The scheme requires all private landlords who let residential property in Northern Ireland to register. Once registered, landlords will be provided with up to date information and support relating to the private rented sector. Landlords are required to register within 12 months of 25th February 2014, or prior to letting a property.
The Scheme will enable Councils to ensure that private landlords adhere to the law already in place. Tenants will be encouraged to look for the Landlord Registration logo and number when taking up a new tenancy. This will provide reassurance that their landlord has complied with the statutory requirement to register.
The scheme was introduced by Housing Minister Nelson McCausland as part of his housing strategy and aims to make the private rented sector a more attractive housing option.
The Landlord Registration Scheme requires all private landlords to pay a fee to register for three years – £70 online or £80 non electronic. This fee is applicable regardless of how many properties a landlord owns. If a landlord fails to register or provides false information for registration, they risk being issued with a fixed penalty of up to £500 or if taken to court can be fined up to £2,500.
To find out more, or to register, visit http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/landlord or call .