Landlords – do you know you can renew your registration eight weeks before it is due to expire?

Date published: 06 December 2017

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.

The Landlord Registration Scheme was introduced in February 2014 and registration lasts for three years. It aims to improve tenants’ confidence in their landlords and increase landlord accountability by promoting good practice and ensuring appropriate advice and assistance is available.

Landlords will now be sent a renewal email notification eight weeks prior to registration expiring. This is sent to the email address a landlord used at the time of registration. Landlords should check their inbox or spam folder for this email and are reminded to keep their details on the Landlord Registration Scheme up to date and accurate.

Alternatively, landlords can check their registration certificate for the expiry date.

Further information and details on how to renew your registration is available on nidirect

You pay one fee to register regardless of how many properties you own.  The online registration fee is £70.00. The paper registration fee is £80.00.

By not renewing the registration while continuing to let properties, landlords are not complying with the law.

A landlord who does not register may face a fixed penalty of £500 or a court fine of up to £2,500. 

Notes to editors: 

  1. Landlords can also renew their registration by telephone on 0300 200 7821 – and must have full details of any joint owners to hand when making the call. 
  2. Media enquiries to DfC Press Office on 028 9082 3505 or email: press.office@communities-ni.gov.uk.  Out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07623 974 383 and your call will be returned.
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