Liverpool City Council has announced details of the mandatory private landlord licence requirements coming into force on Wednesday 1st April 2015. The RLA was involved throughout the consultation process and met with Council Officials on a number of occasions and we are pleased to see that accredited landlords, and those part of a council approved Coregulation Scheme are being offered a discount on licence fees.
Standard licence fees stand at £400 for initial properties, with an extra £350 for additional properties – licences will be valid for the duration of the five year scheme. Landlords under the CLASS accreditation scheme will enjoy discounts of licensing fees, with each property costing £200 to licence. However, landlords found in contravention of licensing requirements – i.e., not having a licence – face fines of up to £5,000 and might have their properties taken over by the council until an alternative licensed landlord is found.
The scheme applies to all privately rented properties in Liverpool, except for HMOs already holding a licence.
Licences will be awarded to landlords who pass ‘fit and proper person’ checks. This process includes investigation into conviction history regarding dishonesty, violence or drugs, or contraventions of housing law.
Landlords are warned: If you are not registered by 1st April you could be charged an administration fee or face prosecution.