Regulation and Enforcement

Will your property pass its licensing inspection?

Sally Walmsley
Written by Sally Walmsley

A total of 46 PRS homes in Liverpool have been found to be breaking licensing conditions, with 131 breaches uncovered.

A controversial city-wide licensing scheme was introduced in April 2015 and requires every landlord to pay a licence fee for each of their rented properties.

Inspections are carried out at random to ensure landlords are complying with the conditions.

So how would you fare?

Of the 131 breaches recorded to June this year, 10 were uncovered in a single property, with the most common issues around tenancy information packs.

Forty-seven of the breaches came as a result of documents being omitted from the packs, with 24 missing a copy of the licence – the biggest single reason for non-compliance.

Andrew Goodacre, chief executive of the Residential Landlords Association said: “While non-compliance is of course an issue, we can take a lot of positives from the fact that many of the breaches are in relation to paperwork and the administration of a tenancy rather than property standards.

“We hope that by publishing these we can highlight the areas in which some landlords are falling down, to help others avoid making the same mistakes.”

The cost of each five-year licence is £400 for first property and £350 for all others, with RLA landlords who have signed up for co-regulation paying just £200 per licence.

The scheme does not cover HMOs, although those properties which have three or more storeys and five or more tenants forming more than one household need a separate HMO licence.

There are around 44,000 PRS homes in Liverpool and a total of 37,000 licence applications have been made.

Of these 28,830 have been granted, with 4,728 individual licence holders.

The table (below) shows a breakdown of the breaches.

 

Breaches of Condition No of Breaches
Tenancy Information Pack (7.1a Copy of Licence) 24
Tenancy Information Pack (7.1c Copies of Certificate) 16
HMO Compliant with Approved Standards (2.6) 13
Inspection by Landlord (5.6) 9
Property Exterior (5.8c External Areas) 9
Nuisance and Anti-social Behaviour (4.1) 8
Window Keys Provided (2.7) 7
Smoke Alarms Positioning (1.7.1) 5
Tenancy Information Pack (7.1e Waste Disposal) 5
Valid Gas Certificate (1.2) 4
Burglar Alarm Instructions Provided (2.5) 4
Smoke Alarms in Working Order (1.6) 4
Tenancy Deposit Scheme (2.3) 3
Electrical Installation Work to Satisfactory Condition 2
Repairs Undertaken in Reasonable Time (5.1) 2
Carbon Monoxide Alarm (1.7.2) 2
Tenancy Information Pack (7.1b Contact Details) 2
Safe Electrical Appliances (1.4) 2
Furniture Compliant (1.10) 1
Emergency Work to Secure Property (5.2) 1
Fire Fighting Equipment (1.9) 1
Tenancy Complaint Prodedure (2.1) 1
Smoke Alarms – None in Property 1
Visits by Landlord (2.4) 1
Pest Infestation (5.5) 1
Alarm Tests Log (1.8) 1
Adequate Facilities/Equipment (6.1) 1
Property Exterior (5.8d To Let Signs) 1
Grand Total 131

About the author

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley is the Communications Manager for the RLA and award-winning Editor of RPI magazine. With 16 years’ experience writing for regional and national newspapers and magazines she is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and editorial content for our media partners.

She issues press releases promoting the work of the RLA and its policies and campaigns to the regional and national media and works alongside the marketing team on the association’s social media channels to build support for the RLA and its work.

1 Comment

  • The Liverpool licences are NOT for 5 years. All licences expire in March 2020. I’ve just applied for one myself, meaning I’m paying £400 for a licence period of less than three years.

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