Liverpool City Council is currently consulting landlords regarding proposals to implement a city-wide selective licensing scheme for private landlords.
Residential Landlords Association (RLA) chairman Alan Ward met with Liverpool City council on 10 March to discuss alternatives to licensing, such as self-regulation.
The consultation began on 24 March and will close on 16 June 2014.
The RLA will be responding to the specific claims of the council and urges private landlords to do the same. You can find more information about the scheme by going to the Liverpool council website .
The council argues that licensing all private landlords in the city will help address standards in the private rented sector and tackle low demand. Interestingly the consultation documents reference anti-social behaviour (ASB), but do not position the ASB as a primary reason for the scheme. This may be because it has been shown that licensing is ineffective at reducing rates of ASB, as outlined in a House of Commons Library Standard note .
Other issues that the council have embedded within proposals, and wish to consult landlords on include: Tenancy management, fit and proper person, anti-social behaviour, property management, facilities and equipment, and tenant information.