Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Liverpool Council to license all landords

Liverpool City Council is currently carrying out a 12 week public consultation for a proposed citywide selective licensing scheme.

Selective Licensing requires private landlords to obtain a licence from the city council to operate.  The consultation started on the 24th March 2014 and you can view the proposal in full and fill in an online questionnaire or make comment. Please click link for full details

Another of the pledges the council has committed to create is a ‘Scores on the Doors’ service. This has been developed whereby prospective tenants can enquire whether landlords are registered, accredited, licensed (if an HMO) or a member of a recognised landlords organisation.

The plan is to charge all landlords £500 PER PROPERTY for a 5 year license and cover every rented property in the city. The City Council is proposing to introduce a tiered licence fee structure with discounts - including for accredited landlords, for landlords with multiple properties and for landlords who submit early applications.

Failure to register could result in prosecution and fines of up to £20,000.

If you wish to take part in the consultation process please click here