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Back Landlord Licensing in Liverpool

Generation Rent Liverpool supports a landlord licensing scheme for the city.

Our petition has been submitted to the council and we're now awaiting the outcome of their consultation.

We the undersigned support a Landlord Licensing Scheme for Liverpool.

Liverpool has about 100,000 private sector renters and about half of them are students. While there are lots of good landlords, some people are living in very poor conditions, in far worse homes than in social housing, where there are strict decency standards.

We want the Council to have the power to crack down on the poor landlords, raising the quality of homes for the most vulnerable people in Liverpool.

  1. Comprehensive selective licensing will allow Liverpool City Council to know exactly how many private landlords are operating with licenses. In turn this will mean the local authority will be able to use its resources more efficiently to target the smaller number of properties that the Council suspects are unlicensed lets.
  2. Within a licensing scheme, if a poor landlord is enforced against for failing their obligations in one property, all their other properties can be checked, delivering far more efficient use of taxpayer-funded enforcement resources and improvements to quality of life and health for vulnerable tenants.
  3. The conditions proposed for obtaining a license, particularly around property upkeep and health & safety will be important levers for improving living standards in the private rented sector. Conditions that ensure properties are free from pests, remain in a good state of repair and have the appropriate fire safety checks are all important.
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  • Sarah Boland
    signed 2015-05-11 18:20:23 +0100
  • Liam Carey
    signed 2015-05-09 16:16:27 +0100
  • Christopher Malburn
    signed 2015-03-09 01:16:19 +0000
  • Isabella E Biggins
    signed via 2014-07-02 16:11:57 +0100
  • Ben Wissett
    signed 2014-06-22 11:21:02 +0100
  • D Bogen
    commented 2014-06-18 13:20:28 +0100
    licensing invokes a plethora of potentially negative impacts on both present as well as future tenants and indeed could well exacerbate those relatively few problem properties / landlords who by their very nature would not comply or worse still go underground and not be registered
    furthermore the policing of such a massive venture is beyond the councils current abilities as the failure to register and properly police the registration of hmo properties [which should have taken place in 2006-2007] has still yet to reach fulfilment 7 years later !! [appx less than 70% now on a much downwardly re-estimated target]
    the initial results of this exercise will impact tenants in short shrift with INCREASING RENTS [= less affordability as allowances are being reduced]
    as well as a 2 pronged reduction in investments = PROPERTY SHORTAGES affected by the costs and administrative disincentive to the landlords on the one hand and the reluctance on the other of financial institutions to lend into areas where selective licensing has been instituted
    this is not a well considered strategy to seek to upgrade the standards of the weakest and achieve the improved availability of choice that is being so much sought
  • Holly Bagnall
    signed 2014-06-18 11:23:17 +0100
  • Roberta Franklin
    signed 2014-06-18 11:00:37 +0100
  • Tony McVey
    commented 2014-06-17 14:30:02 +0100
    Licensing will not achieve its objectives. Local Authorities already have a plethora of legal powers to deal with such problem landlords and properties as may
    in reality exist. The Council’s own figures reveal that over a three year period 96% of properties in the PRS
    generated no complaints. Licensing is a political stunt
    devised by anti-landlord politicians. Its main effects will
    be to deter investment and to increase rents.
  • George Williams
    signed via 2014-06-17 14:17:50 +0100
  • Gareth McAlinden
    signed 2014-06-17 09:43:53 +0100
  • Michela Britton
    signed 2014-06-17 09:08:09 +0100
  • Eileen Kendall
    signed 2014-06-17 08:46:48 +0100
  • Andrew Abrahamson
    signed 2014-06-17 08:20:31 +0100
  • Julia Saell
    signed 2014-06-17 07:51:22 +0100
  • Jack Parr
    signed 2014-06-17 07:11:49 +0100
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  • Andi Herring
    signed 2014-06-17 01:01:03 +0100
  • Ruth Lewis
    signed 2014-06-17 00:17:30 +0100
  • Katherine Comer
    signed 2014-06-16 23:44:57 +0100
  • Lee Ferguson
    signed 2014-06-16 22:32:51 +0100
  • Arthur Ramshaw
    signed 2014-06-16 21:52:56 +0100
  • Louise Marshall
    signed 2014-06-16 20:56:04 +0100
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  • donald sweeting
    signed 2014-06-16 20:48:12 +0100
  • Lesley Mahmood
    signed 2014-06-16 13:57:19 +0100
  • Lindsey Mathews
    signed 2014-06-16 11:48:12 +0100
  • Grace Power
    signed 2014-06-16 07:32:19 +0100
  • jo tilley
    signed 2014-06-15 21:53:16 +0100
  • William Pearson
    signed 2014-06-15 21:41:37 +0100