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.
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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