Tenants urged to unite with private landlords over licensing scheme
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Local Government, Regulation
A private landlords’ organisation is calling for tenants to join forces with property owners in Liverpool and battle against "costly measures" that it says could increase rents and diminish the availability of housing in the city.
The call for action comes after Liverpool City Council began consulting on proposals to introduce a landlords' licensing scheme.
The measures would see all landlords in Liverpool required to obtain a license to let out property.
At a cost of £500 per unit, the NLA fears that the cost of licensing will be transferred on to tenants as higher rents, while investment in the area’s housing will dwindle.
If a landlord has a portfolio of properties the costs could be damaging, potentially running into thousands of pounds, the NLA has warned, claiming that the proposal will "see the introduction of burdensome rules which will not improve the housing stock and landlords will be expected to control visitors to properties as well as manage anti-social behaviour".
The NLA is hosting an emergency consultation meeting next week and is urging all landlords in the area to attend along with their tenants and unite against the proposals.
Tom Reynolds, the NLA’s Liverpool representative, believes the council is trying to act under the radar by not making the consultation front page news.
He said: “There is clearly a strong desire to push through these proposals but the council has not done enough to make landlords or tenants aware that the consultation is live and that they can have their say. We’ve only just discovered the consultation is now open even though it began more than a week ago.
“There is a lack of any clear rationale of how licensing landlords will improve the issue of depopulation in Liverpool and make the area more attractive in the future.
“Far from having this intended effect, it will actually make investing in properties in Liverpool a less attractive prospect for landlords and will only serve to decrease the amount of affordable housing in Liverpool. Furthermore, it will mean increases in rents as the rising costs of housing provision are transferred on to tenants in the area.
“The NLA consultation meeting will discuss how the people of Liverpool can influence the decision and find out how to have their say in the fight against introducing these damaging and costly proposals.”