The Landlord Registration Scheme will collect and maintain up-to-date and accurate information on landlords and their properties. Under the law, from 25 February 2014, all private landlords must register.
Until the introduction of this scheme each council collected information about landlords in their council area, but many private landlords have properties in a number of different council areas and the information was not easily accessible.
A centrally held register of private landlords will:
- allow tenants, neighbours and local councils to identify if landlords are registered
- provide information on the number of landlords in Northern Ireland and allow landlords to receive regular updates on the duties and responsibilities of landlords and tenants
- provide education and support to landlords
It will improve tenants’ confidence in their landlords and increase landlords’ accountability by:
- promoting good practice
- ensuring appropriate advice and assistance is available
What information is available through the registration website?
If you enter the landlord’s name, you will find out whether they are registered or not.
Who else can access the information?
The Registrar is in charge of the information and may disclose it, on request, to:
- a district council to enable or assist it to carry out its legal duties
- the Department of Finance and Personnel Northern Ireland to help it to carry out its legal duties for rating purposes
- the Northern Ireland Housing Executive for the purposes of administering housing benefit and the regulation of Houses in Multiple Occupation
What will the information be used for?
The information you provide will be used for the following purposes:
- to issue your Certificate of Registration which will be valid for three years from the date of registration and contains your unique registration number
- to notify you four weeks in advance of the expiry of your current registration
- to disclose to anyone searching the register whether or not a landlord is registered
- to process payments
- to allow district councils, the Department of Finance and Personnel and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive to carry out their legal duties
nidirect, on behalf of the Registrar, will process (that means collect, store and use) any information you provide in a manner which complies with the Data Protection Act.
How much does it cost and how do I register?
You only pay one fee regardless of the number of properties you own:
- the online registration fee is £70.00
- the paper/non electronic based registration fee is £80.00
What is the fee used for?
Money received in fees will pay for the running costs of the Landlord Registration Scheme which provides access to advice, guidance and links to useful information on the private rented sector.
Who is exempt from the registration fee?
As a landlord you are exempt from the registration fee if you have paid to register a house in multiple occupation which is registered under a Houses in Multiple Occupation Registration Scheme.