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Government backs controversial licensing scheme after two years

The government has approved a vast landlord licensing scheme in Liverpool - but even including 45,000 homes it is still much smaller than the local authority itself wanted.

The scheme targets 16 wards in the city of Liverpool where at least one in five homes is owned by a private landlord.

Around 45,000 of the 55,000 properties in the original city-wide scheme – which ran from 2015 to 2020 – are covered.

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A consultation carried out before the application was submitted in January this year found tenants, residents and partners were generally supportive of the proposal, with landlords and agents against.

The new application follows the rejection in January 2019 by the government of a proposal for a citywide scheme. During discussions on a more acceptable scheme, the running of the council was handed over to commissioners because of alleged failings by elected councillors.

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 landslords 

 

Senior Liverpool councillor Sarah Doyle says: “This is brilliant news for tenants living in poor housing conditions. Too many vulnerable people in our city are in poor housing conditions, paying rent to a landlord who doesn’t carry out essential maintenance to keep them warm and safe.

“The Landlord Licensing scheme will give us regulation of private rented houses, so that we can take action when concerns are raised.

“There is a raft of evidence which shows that council intervention forced bad landlords into taking action to improve their properties. Poor electrical and fire safety standards, as well as damp and anti-social behaviour, contribute to poor health and mental wellbeing.”

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    The only thing Selective Licensing is guaranteed to raise is the rent!

    Theodor Cable

    Why should I care?
    If the rent goes up, the only people who will pay is the tenants.
    If I pay for any of these madcap ideas, I just pass it on plus 15% administration fees.

    And as far as I know, they (Councils) can do nothing about it.

    Hooray!

     
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    • AQ
    • 06 December 2021 09:33 AM

    "Too many vulnerable people in our city are in poor housing conditions, paying rent to a landlord who doesn’t carry out essential maintenance to keep them warm and safe."

    We know but despite desperate pleas from tenants the council refuses to raise standards for social housing.

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    "A consultation carried out before the application was submitted in January this year found tenants, residents and partners were generally supportive of the proposal, with landlords and agents against."
    However, if they'd added just one small, tiny, yet very significant fact, I'm sure that the tenants would be on the same side as landlords.
    RENTS WILL RISE TO PAY FOR ALL OF THIS

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    AQ, you are having a laugh, too many vulnerable Landlords being milked by everyone, look at facts and see how many extra rules, charges and costs we have had to absorb in recent years. I can give you a list to enlighten you if you want.
    Or Course all licensing increase LL’s costs, don’t forget compliance costs which is much higher but Councils not a penny cost on them legalised robbery.
    I would be vulnerable too only for me.

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    • AQ
    • 06 December 2021 10:15 AM

    That was more of a sardonic jab at council housing standards than anything.

     
  • Keith  Johnson

    More legislation and taxes= Higher rents plus....more landlords will sell up creating a shortage of property = higher rents...excellent news for tenants! Probably socialist councils with no concept of free market economics.....if.you don't like your property then move.....its not rocket science!

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    I have a lady in a little flat above an old corner shop, she moans about how small it is, but she moved the toyboy in, she moans about how cold it is and the electric bills, but 3 yrs on and she is still there, I know she has been viewing other flats, landlords do talk to each other, trouble is all these flats have rents much higher than what she is paying me, oh and also she drives a nearly new Passett cc, they are not cheap.

     
  • Theodor Cable

    Higher rents are good, because I add 15%+ more to every nutcase scheme that is started by Government or local authorities make me pay.

    I won't be paying a penny, but the Govt. and Local Authorities will be the ones who will be held guilty by all tenants who will have to pay substantially more for a roof over their heads.

    And this will happen when I will be building an ever growing sized personal house.

    Thanks guys, I am grateful to you all, Govt, Councillors and The Labour party. You make me rich....I love you all.

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