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Monday, February 23, 2015

Liverpool's licensing scheme hits town

Liverpool's city-wide compulsory landlord licence scheme has been introduced.

Starting from the 1st of April ( not a joke ) all of Liverpool's private residential landlords will be required to obtain a licence to legally rent out a property.

Licences will cost £400 for a landlord with a single rental property, and then an additional £350 for each property a landlord owns after that. Licences are valid for a period of five years.

Before a landlord is awarded a licence they must first prove they are a 'fit a proper' person. A landlords will  have any past convictions checked through before a licence is granted. The council have not yet explained if any other tests will be done. (possibly a landlord will be required to remain polite and courteous whilst a council officer leads them on a short jog followed by a set of press ups...)
Rental properties will be inspected to check they meet  health and safety guidelines and the exterior of a property needs to be kept in a 'good state of repair' and the landlords need to help deal with any incidents of  anti-social behaviour made by their tenants.

Any Liverpool landlords who do not register for the licensing scheme by April 1st 2015 will face additional administration fee and possible prosecution.

Read the list of exemptions from the Liverpool landlord licensing scheme.

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