All private rental properties in Jersey will need to be registered, licensed and routinely inspected under new plans.

The proposed law would force landlords to pay a compulsory licence fee of up to £200 per year per unit to let out a property, plus an initial application fee of £50 per unit.

Plans to update this law have been on-going for the last few years:

  • The Draft Public Health and Safety (Rented Dwellings) (Jersey) Law was lodged in July 2017. It proposed requirements for landlords to meet minimum standards for their rental properties.

  • The Law was approved unanimously by the States Assembly on 12 December 2017, with 35 votes for and 0 against.

  • Subsequently the Department for Growth, Housing and Environment produced a draft of the licensing regulations to accompany the law. This was lodged on 1 October 2019 and scheduled for debate on 12 November 2019.

  • The Panel requested that this be postponed until January 2020, in order to allow enough time to fully scrutinise the proposals and produce a report to the Assembly ahead of the debate.

The Jersey Landlord's Association has raised concerns about these changes - it says it will mean they will have to charge tenants more.

It is anticipated that this new scheme will impose unnecessary bureaucracy, will inconvenience tenants and will lead to a substantial increase in the number of civil servants required to support it.

Jersey Landlord's Association statement