Sefton Council is looking for the views of residents, landlords, tenants, and agents in their newly proposed Additional and Selective Licensing schemes. The consultation proposes to introduce Selective Licensing in the area of Bootle and Additional Licensing in parts of Seaforth, Waterloo, Brighton-le-Sands and Southport.
All houses of multiple occupations (HMOs) which are 3 stories and above, house 5 or more people (not from the same family), and share facilities legally require a Mandatory HMO Licence. The introduction of an Additional Licensing scheme covers the HMO properties that are not covered by this licence. This licence requires a landlord and their property to meet specific standards including whether a landlord is ‘fit and proper’ to be a landlord.
Selective Licensing applies to all private sector houses that are not licensed under HMO licensing. Similarly, landlords and their properties have to meet standards set by the local authority, however the legislation allows landlords to self-certify their own and their properties suitability.
The proposed fees and proposed conditions can be found in the official Consultation Document here. Maps of the designated areas for each scheme and lists of the streets affected can be found on the council’s website here.
The local authority is proposing a full fee of £695 per selective licence and £850 for a full additional licence, which is above the average cost of a licence in London. A landlord who is accredited through the RLA will receive a discount, lowering the cost to £545 for a selective licence and £700 for an additional licence.
Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Communities and Housing, said: “We recognise the crucial role the private rented sector plays in creating a strong and sustainable housing market and in meeting the housing needs of many households.
“Through the proposed licensing schemes we look forward to engage and work with landlords to realise our vision of creating strong and resilient communities and the opportunity to live in good quality homes.
“We are committed to make these areas a safe and attractive place to live in and through the proposed licensing schemes we are seeking the full co-operation of landlords and their tenants in making this happen.”
The consultation has a start date of 1st April 2017 and, once it starts, will run for 12 weeks until 24th June 2017. We will be replying to the council to raise our concerns and disagreement with the proposals and we urge our members to do the same.
Sefton are holding several meetings for residents, landlords, and any other interested parties to talk to officers about this designation;
Meetings for all interested parties will be held on:
Thursday 18th May 1pm-2.30pm – Southport Community Centre (Norwood Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 6HQ)
Landlords, Agents only meetings will be held on:
Thursday 18th May 7pm-8.30pm – Southport Community Centre (Norwood Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 6HQ)
Friday 19th May 3pm-4.30pm – Linacre Mission (Linacre Road, Litherland, Liverpool, L21 8NS)
Tenants, Residents only meetings will be held on:
Thursday 18th May 3pm-4.30pm – Southport Community Centre (Norwood Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 6HQ)
Friday 19th May 12pm-1.30pm – Linacre Mission (Linacre Road, Litherland, Liverpool, L21 8NS)
We urge our members to attend these meetings and get their views heard by representatives from Sefton Council.
To learn more about the consultation proposed by Sefton Council, to see the conditions of the licence, and to have your say visit the Council website here.
Read The RLA’s official consultation response here.
You can also contact the council’s licensing team on: firstname.lastname@example.org
To keep up to date with news, events, and licensing in Sefton visit their Local Authority Network page here.