Liverpool & Sefton Landlord Licensing Scheme
How can we help with your Licensing?
Urban Residential can administer, manage and hold your license on your behalf while even gaining a reduction in licensing fees for you as we are an accredited agent with both Liverpool and Sefton.
We can also ensure your have the relevant certification for Gas , Electric and Energy performance.
On the 21st December 2017 Sefton council approved the designation of a selective licensing scheme for all privately rented properties. Commencing with only 20% of the borough, this will initially start with homes in Bootle and Seaforth that require a license.
Hence the scheme will come into operation from the 1st March 2018 following Liverpool city council which has been operative since 01st April 2015.
For all private landlords in the above designated areas, signing up for it is compulsory and a legal requirement. A non-licensed property can mean an unlimited fine for the Landlord.
What are the benefits of the scheme?
Sefton council have stated that the scheme aims to ensure private landlords meet satisfactory standards of both tenancy and property management. It also aims to negate anti-social behaviour and promote community and respect.
The scheme will ensure that licensed landlords in the city are ‘fit and proper’. Before a landlord is granted a licence they will be asked to declare convictions for dishonesty, violence or drug-related offences, or breaches of housing or landlord and tenant laws.
Licensed landlords’ properties must meet fire, electric and gas safety standards and be in a good state of repair. Licensed landlords must be able to deal effectively with any complaints about their tenants.
Are there any exemptions?
Properties with a current HMO License are exempt. There are also a number of other circumstances which may mean you do not have licence a property.
How much will a licence cost?
Sefton licensing fees are more expensive than Liverpool at £695.00 per property, however as an accredited agency we can gain a reduction of £150.00 per property. Please call Megane on 0151 531 9977 for further guidance as this is for a limited period only.
Liverpool licensing fees are £400 for the first and £350 for each subsequent property. A reduction may be gained if you are a member of an approved scheme.
What are approved schemes?
The rate of £200 per property was initially available to members of the CLASS Accredited Landlord Scheme , NALS etc and other organisations that are approved under a co-regulation initiative. This reduction has now expired but if you are a member of a professional association, please check with them if they are signed up to co-regulation as some may apply.
Membership of approved schemes must be held for the duration of the five-year licence period – full fees will be charged if not.
You can apply for Liverpool by clicking HERE