A new licensing scheme designed to clampdown on unscrupulous landlords has been put forward for consideration by Liverpool City Council.
The new proposed license, which is expected to be approved by the city council's cabinet, is set to cover 16 wards in the city, where around 20% of the homes are owned by private landlords.
The city's previous scheme expired in April after the government rejected an application to extend it.
It is hoped that the scheme would force rogue landlords to improve electrical and fire safety standards, and deal with issues including damp and anti-social behaviour.
The council said under the new plans, 80% of privately rented properties in the city would be covered.
Cllr Paul Brant, cabinet member for adult health and social care, commented: “For good landlords this protects them from being undercut by bad landlords who are cutting corners.”
However, John Stewart, policy manager for the National Residential Landlords Association, said the planned scheme was similar to those recently rejected by ministers.
He commented: “To suggest 80% of private tenant properties in Liverpool have problems is just nonsense.”
The wards included in the new scheme would be Central, Riverside, Greenbank, Kensington, Picton, Tuebrook and Stoneycroft, County, Anfield, St Michael's, Princes Park, Kirkdale, Old Swan, Warbreck, Wavertree, Fazakerley and Everton.
If approved a 12 week consultation would run from August to October and be submitted to the government in December.
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