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Generation Rent is campaigning for a Landlord Licensing Scheme for the city of Liverpool.

At the moment many of Liverpool's 100,000 private sector tenants have decent landlords, but for a significant number, their landlords are keeping their homes in dilapidated conditions. This can affect people's health and some tenants are scared of complaining in case they get evicted.

We're supporting a landlord licensing scheme because it will raise standards of accommodation, particularly for vulnerable people, and it means that taxpayer money spent on Environment Health enforcement in housing will be more cost effectively targeted.

Please back our campaign here.

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Diane Abbotts endorsement of Generation Rents - Rent Control Policy could end Rent Slavery!

Its Diane Abbott's first big policy move in her bid to become Mayor of London, and it just happens to be one our Proposals! The Rent Control Policy full report can be read here: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/npto/pages/1189/attachments/original/1418113956/Rent_Control_v5.pdf?1418113956

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Property Developers are the biggest driving force behind equality

Its desperately sad to watch the video linked at the end of this blog. However its imperative that you do watch it. Why? Because the housing crisis is real, the problems already exist, and if the community doesn't get behind people doing something about it, things are only going to get worse. 

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The fight to end revenge evictions lives on!

The Liberal Democrats have tabled an amendment to the Deregulation bill that will make life an awful lot easier for England’s 9 million renters – and the 213,000 of them who faced revenge eviction in the past year. AN article written by Martha Mackenzie of Shelter went on to report the following - 

This amendment mirrors the two most important clauses of the Tenancies (Reform) Bill:

1) Six months protection for victims of revenge eviction. And for renters living in homes so poor, the council has intervened.

2) Key safeguards and exemptions for law-abiding landlords.

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Wirral Council to consult on landlord licenses!

A comprehensive consultation on plans to radically improve living standards in four designated parts of the borough begins next week.The areas identified for the Selective Licensing scheme fall within Birkenhead South, Egerton North, Seacombe Library and Egrement Promenade South.

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Labour in plea over Scotland rent rises

Labour has called on the Scottish Government to back a ban on "rip-off rent rises", ahead of a debate on private sector rent reform at Holyrood. Read the full article published on 'the courier' website here - 

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Landlord Licensing - Bridging the divide with partnership working

Today I had a really positive meeting with Alan Bevan, Managing Director of City Residential in Liverpool. As one of the biggest, most influential letting agents in the city I was keen to talk about Landlord Licensing to hear his views. I was absolutely delighted at his response.

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Government backs rip-off letting agents!

The Government has voted to continue to allow private renters to be charged extortionate fees by letting agents, get evicted for complaining about conditions in their home and have their money unprotected in the event a letting agent goes bust.

 

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Fascinating, insightful article published in The Guardian today regarding PRS

Hannah Alridge today published a disturbing yet insightful article regarding the link between the Private Renter Sector and poverty. The headline reads 'What's behind the massive increase of renters in poverty?' 

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Liverpool Student Homes to host student housing Fair 3rd Dec at Liverpool Guild

Liverpool Student Homes successfully help thousands of students find the right student accommodation each year, whether it is a hall room, shared house, student flat or bedsit. On the 3rd December they are hosting a housing fair at Mountford Hall, Liverpool Guild from 10am until 3pm.

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PRS forum held at Liverpool Town Hall

Landlords, tenants, letting agents and other speakers gathered to hold a forum at Liverpool Town Hall, chaired by Roger Phillips of BBC Radio Merseyside. The question asked to the attendees was "Does the Private Renter Sector in Liverpool work well for Landlords, Tenants and Communities?", but the conversation was dominated by the council's plans to introduce landlord licensing.

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