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.