A guide to Landlord Registration

16th January 2018

A guide to Landlord Registration

The Landlord Registration Scheme collects and maintains accurate information on landlords and their properties. By law, all private landlords in Northern Ireland must register with the Landlord Registration Scheme.

Who needs to register?

All landlords who let properties under a private tenancy in Northern Ireland must register. You must provide accurate and up-to-date information about yourself and your properties.

Why has private landlord registration been introduced?

Before the introduction of landlord registration, each council collected information about landlords in their area. As many private landlords have properties in different council areas, information was not easily accessible.

A central register of private landlords:

  • allows tenants, neighbours and local councils to identify if landlords are registered
  • provides information on the number of landlords in Northern Ireland and allows landlords to receive regular updates on the duties and responsibilities of landlords and tenants
  • provides education and support to landlords

It improves tenants’ confidence in their landlords and increase landlords’ accountability by:

  • promoting good practice
  • ensuring the right advice and help is available

What will the information be used for?

The information you provide as a landlord will be used:

  • to issue your Certificate of Registration which is valid for three years from the date of registration and contains your unique registration number
  • to tell you four weeks before your current registration expires
  • to send you the Private Rented Sector newsletter by email every three months
  • to show people searching the register if you're registered as a landlord
  • to process payments
  • to allow district councils, DoF and the Housing Executive carry out their legal duties

How much does it cost? 

You pay one fee to register regardless of how many properties you own:

  • online registration fee is £70.00
  • paper registration fee is £80.00

Online registration is cheaper to process.  Paper registration costs more to process.

How to register

You can register online, here: 

Who is exempt from the registration fee?

A landlord is exempt from the registration fee if you registered a house in multiple occupation under the House in Multiple Occupation Registration Scheme.

Source: NI Direct 

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