Attention Residential Landlords! Renewal of the Landlord Registration Scheme

January 31, 2017

The Landlord Registration Scheme (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2014 came into force on 25 February 2014 and required all private landlords to be registered under the Scheme. The deadline for registration was 25 February 2015 allowing twelve months from the date of commencement of the Regulations to register.  However any properties let on or after 25 February 2014 required landlord registration immediately.  Certificates of Registration remain valid for three years from the date of registration.  This means that the first batch of registrations processed in 2014 will be due for renewal in February 2017.  All landlords should be notified four weeks in advance of the expiry of their current registration, at which point the landlord must update their details for the registration and pay another registration fee.  It is advised that landlords check that a reminder email has been sent to them in this regard.  If the email has not been received prior to the end of the registration period specified on the Registration Certificate, landlords should contact landlordregistration@nidirect.gov.uk to have the email reissued.

In order to be reregistered as a Landlord under the Scheme, the following conditions must be satisfied:

  1. You are a landlord letting a dwelling house.
  2. Update and confirm the information provided at initial registration.
  3. Payment of the required fee.

Where a property is jointly owned by a number of individuals, all members of the group will receive a renewal email but it is not necessary for all members to renew registration. There is only one renewal fee payable for the group and a “lead landlord” member of the group should be nominated to carry out the renewal registration.

This article has been produced for general information purposes and further advice should be sought from a professional advisor. Please speak to a member of our residential property team should you require any further information about Landlord Registration or any aspect of Private Tenancies Law.

Further information can be found at www.landlordregistration.gov.uk.