Selective Licensing Of PRS Landlords Set For Liverpool

Selective Licensing Of PRS Landlords Set For Liverpool

Selective Licensing Of PRS Landlords Set For Liverpool

Liverpool City council are currently researching proposals to implement a city-wide selective licensing scheme on private rented sector (PRS) landlords and are seeking input and feedback from local landlords prior to taking the proposal further.

Licensing consultation responses are being collected by Liverpool city council as the consultation opened on 24th March 2014 and is expected to close on 16th June 2014.

The local authority insist that the licensing of all private rental sector landlords in the city will help improve the overall standard of accommodation in the borough’s private rented sector (PRS) and will also help to tackle low demand.

The city council’s consultation documents reference anti-social behaviour (ASB), but do not position anti-social behaviour as a primary reason for the scheme.This could be because it has already been shown in other selective licensing areas that licensing is ineffectual at reducing rates of anti-social behaviour, as outlined in a House of Commons Library Standard note.

Other issues that Liverpool City Council have embedded within their selective licensing proposals include:

  • Tenancy management
  • Fit and proper person – detailed in appendices and business case of the consultation
  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Property management
  • Facilities and equipment
  • Tenant information

RLA chairman Alan Ward met with Liverpool City council on the 10th of March 2014 to discuss alternatives to licensing, including self regulation, Liverpothe self-regulation of landlords by landlords.

The Residential Landlords’ Association (RLA) intend to respond to specific claims made by the council and urges all private rental sector landlords operating in the city to do the same.

PRS landlords can find more information about the consultation and proposals by visiting the Liverpool council website, click here for more information.

The Residential Landlords Association actively campaign against selective licensing and cites consultation responses in areas such as Rotherham, Enfield & Brent, and other general licensing stories from around the country as precedents for not proceeding with the selective licensing proposals in Liverpool.

Many landlord consultations by other local authorities have already closed and councils are considering whether or not to implement schemes, in fact Milton Keynes council has decided not to go ahead after being inundated with negative responses and files full of supporting evidence from the RLA and local landlords, read more here.

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