The Landlord Registration Scheme collects and maintains up-to-date and accurate information on landlords and their properties. All landlords with properties in Northern Ireland must be registered with the scheme and have a Landlord Registration certificate. The certificate is valid for three years.
Who has to register?
All landlords who let properties under a private tenancy in Northern Ireland must register for the Landlord Registration Scheme. You must provide accurate and up-to-date information about yourself and your properties. All joint owners of a property that is let need to register separately.
How much does it cost?
You only pay one fee regardless of the number of properties you own:
- the online registration fee is £70
- the paper/non-electronic based registration fee is £80
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.
If you do not complete your registration, you will be committing an offence and may be issued with a penalty of between £500 and £2,500.
Information for landlords who use agents
If someone else looks after the day to day management of your property or if the house is sub-let, you, as the landlord, will still have responsibility for and control of the property. Your property will still have to be registered under the Landlord Registration Scheme.