The RLA has responded to proposals from Liverpool City Council (LCC) regarding the implementation of a city-wide selective licensing consultation. The RLA’s alternatives to city wide licensing include suggestions such as ‘co-regulation’ which looks to utilise self-regulation and statutory enforcement.
The RLA is against licensing in general and has a standard set of reasons as to why a council should consider alternatives to licensing schemes. You can view more selective licensing stories from around the country here.
One of the main concerns that the RLA has with proposals is the lack of outcomes or goals that the council has set. The business case fails to specify what the desired outcomes of a selective licensing scheme would achieve in Liverpool. Additionally, there are no figures or forecasts of how much the scheme will cost to operate and there is no suggestion of any kind of effective monitoring for the scheme.
Other topics considered within the response include:
- Decent homes standards used in PRS
- Resources (and other measures)
- Tackling low demand
- Ten point pledge
The RLA is opposed to the proposed Citywide Selective Licensing scheme. However, the RLA is keen to work with LCC to promote accreditation to local landlords and would welcome further dialogue with the Council on this issue.