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Fri 27 Mar 2020

Selective License update

Selective Licensing Scheme (landlord licensing) will officially end on the 31st March 2020. An application to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to continue with a citywide scheme after this date was rejected. We are working on a new proposal and this will be made available to you all in the coming months once the relevant authorisation and governance have taken place. It will form part of an extensive consultation exercise where we will be seeking your views.
From 1st April 2020, our contact details will change to

Do you have five or more tenants?

 If you are renting out a property which has 5 or more tenants, forming 2 or more households, then you may now require a HMO licence due to changes in legislation in 2018. Please note that this is a legal requirement and you must submit an application by the 1st April 2020.  Where properties are identified which are not licensed and are required to be, Liverpool City Council will follow its enforcement policy. Please contact or visit HMO webpage for further information on submitting an application.

Our work post landlord licensing

We are here to assist all stakeholders and will always seek to offer advice and guidance and work informally where appropriate in line with our enforcement policy. A safe and well managed private rented sector is in everyone’s interest.

Following the end of the current citywide landlord licensing scheme Liverpool City Council will continue to robustly enforce the private housing sector using its’ regulatory powers under all relevant Parts of the Housing Act 2004 and all other relevant legislation. Landlords are reminded that they have a duty to ensure that their properties are well managed, safe and free from hazards. Where there is a failure to ensure this Liverpool City Council will take appropriate action in line with its enforcement policy and this may result in enforcement action including legal notices, civil penalties or prosecution against landlords who choose not to comply.