A housing chief in a controversial council has tweeted that “Private landlords must be held accountable!”.
She also claims on social media that the rental sector is “dangerously unregulated, leaving tenants vulnerable to horrendous poor housing standards.”
The councillor is Sarah Doyle, Liverpool’s senior council member with responsibility for housing.
In March this year then then-Housing and Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick announced he would be appointing Commissioners to oversee authority and carry out some council activities for at least three years.
This was following an investigation, commissioned in 2020 that found there were "multiple apparent failures" and a "deeply concerning picture of mismanagement" in the council.
Doyle’s social media comments follow news that the government had approved a vast landlord licensing scheme in Liverpool.
It covers 45,000 homes but is still much smaller than the local authority initially wanted.
The scheme targets 16 wards in the city of Liverpool where at least one in five homes is owned by a private landlord.
This new licensing system follows the rejection in January 2019 by the government of a proposal for a citywide scheme.
The new licensing scheme will be introduced from April 2022 and will run for five years - so far there are no details on charges to landlords.
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