2.18 Selective Licensing
Part 3 of the Housing Act 2004 gives local authorities the discretion to
introduce selective licensing schemes to cover all privately rented property
in designated areas which suffer, or are likely to suffer from, low housing
demand and also to those that suffer from significant and persistent anti-
social behaviour. The use of this discretionary power is subject to local
consultation and the consent of the Secretary of State. A selective licensing
scheme is not limited to HMOs.
A scheme does not come into effect until three months after it is made and
may last up to five years.