Landlord Registration Scheme begins
All private landlords who let residential property in Northern Ireland are required to register on the new Landlord Registration Scheme. All private landlords are required to register immediately prior to letting a new tenancy or within 12 months if they have existing tenancies and no new lettings.
Fee to register
The scheme requires all private landlords to pay a fee to register for three years - £70 if they do so online or £80 non-electronically. This fee applies regardless of how many properties a landlord owns.
The scheme aims to make private renting more attractive for more people. It will also enable local 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.
To find out more, or to register, visit the page below:
Once registered, landlords will be provided with up-to-date information and support relating to private renting.
If a landlord fails to register or provides false information for registration, they risk being issued with a fixed penalty of up to £500. If taken to court they can be fined up to £2,500.