National Landlords Association is calling for landlords and tenants in
Liverpool to unite against costly measures that could increase rents and
diminish the availability of housing in the city.
The call comes after Liverpool City Council
began consulting on proposals to introduce citywide licensing of landlords last
The measures would see all landlords in
Liverpool required to obtain a license to let out property.
At a cost of £500
per property, fears are 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
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.
Liverpool City Council cites a long term trend
of depopulation in Liverpool as a reason for introducing the measures, one of
the legal triggers that allows councils to take action and consider licensing
proposals. The NLA believes a more targeted ward by ward approach,
concentrating on the worst, is more appropriate.
The NLA is hosting an emergency consultation
meeting on Thursday 10 April and urges all landlords in the area to attend,
along with their tenants and help the city of Liverpool unite and put a stop to
Tom Reynolds, the NLA’s Liverpool
representative, believes the Council are trying to act under the radar by not
making the consultation front page news:
“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
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
The meeting is being held at the Devonshire
House Hotel, Edge Lane, Liverpool, L7 9LD beginning at 5.30pm.