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RLA respond to Liverpool Selective Licensing

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The RLA has responded to proposals from Liverpool City Council (LCC) regarding the implementation of a city-wide selective licensing consultation. The RLA’s alternative to city wide licensing is ‘co-regulation’ which looks to utilise self-regulation and statutory enforcement…

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.

You can view the consultation response in full here.

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
  • Displacement
  • 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.

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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.

1 Comment

  • The proposed license is going to yield 5 million pounds a year for Liverpool City Council, yet they haven’t a clue on how many staff they need. Thats 25 million up front from landlords in Liverpool, the money cannot be used for any court cases any prosecutions against landlords so all the money is for the license. The license does not have any facility for a refund after you have sold your property even after 2 years but a 5 year 500 pound license has to be purchased.
    At the meeting in Liverpool there was no councilors present this was a real shock to think there not even interested in this license

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