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Liverpool consider city wide selective licensing scheme

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Liverpool City council are currently taking on comments from landlords regarding proposals to implement a city-wide selective licensing scheme on private landlords. RLA chairman Alan Ward met with Liverpool City council on the 10th of March to discuss alternatives to licensing, such as self-regulation…

Liverpool City council is currently taking on comments from landlords regarding proposals to implement a city-wide selective licensing scheme on private landlords. RLA chairman Alan Ward met with Liverpool City council on the 10th of March to discuss alternatives to licensing, such as self-regulation.

Licensing consultation responses are being collected as the consultation opened on 24th March and will run and close on 16th June 2014.

The Residential Landlords’ Association (RLA) will be responding to the specific claims of the council and urges private landlords to do the same. You can find more information about the scheme by going to the Liverpool council website, click here for more information.

The council argue that licensing all private landlords in the city will help address standards in the private rented sector (PRS) and to tackle low demand. Interestingly the consultation documents reference anti-social behaviour (ASB), but do not position the ASB as a primary reason for the scheme. This may be because it has been shown that licensing is ineffective at reducing rates of ASB, as outlined in a House of Commons Library Standard note.

Other issues that the council has embedded within proposals, and wish to consult landlords on include:

  • Tenancy management
  • Fit and proper person – detailed in appendices and business case of the consultation
  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Property management
  • Facilities and equipment
  • Tenant information

For more arguments against licensing refer to RLA consultation responses in areas such as Rotherham, Enfield & Brent, and general licensing stories from around the country. Many of these consultations have closed recently and councils are considering whether or not to implement schemes. Milton Keynes council has decided not to go ahead after responses and evidence from the RLA and local landlords, read more here.

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The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) represents the interests of landlords in the private rented sector (PRS) across England and Wales. With over 23,000 subscribing members, and an additional 16,000 registered guests who engage regularly with the association, we are the leading voice of private landlords. Combined, they manage almost half a million properties.

2 Comments

  • I am a regulator who works for a government organisation as well as a landlord in Liverpool
    I have already made my comments on the consultation draft. One of the provisions is that landlord informed talnants of wheelie bin collection times. Reasonably intelligent tenants can easily find out themselves from neighbours or by ringing the council what day wheelie bins are collected without the landlord spending his time by interfering in this matter. Needless regulatin.
    In October 2009 the government produced a code of practice on guidance on regulation. The proposed license for Liverpool landlords goes against the principles in this document.
    Other proposed provisions include requiring the landlord complies with gas safety certification. This is already a statutory requirement. It is clear that statutory requirements should not be duplicated in licensing provisions , this should not even be included in the consultation.
    Overall, the scheme will ensure that 95% of good landlord will pay £500 with no benefit to themselves or their tenants while 5% of rogue landlords will not register and will continue to get away with poor standards. Licensing of landlords is policing the lawful.

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