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Liverpool councillors plan to licence more than 50,000 buy to let and house in multiple occupation (HMO) properties in the city.

Liverpool will become the third council to bring in blanket licensing for all private rented homes.

Newham, East London, was the first to introduce blanket licensing in January 2012 for 35,000 buy to let homes.

Neighbouring Waltham Forest has just opened consultation on blanket licensing for another 35,000 properties and other councils are believed to be drafting their own blueprints for similar schemes.

In Liverpool, councillors are expected to approve a 12-week consultation starting on November 22 ahead of licensing private rented homes some time after April 2014.

Announcing the plan, the council argues licensing will improve the standard of buy to let and HMO homes in the city for tenants.

Licensing is also aimed at cutting down bad neighbour complaints about noise, parking and leaving streets and gardens strewn with rubbish.

The council’s cabinet member for housing, Councillor Ann O’Byrne, said: “It’s vital that we do all we can to work with landlords across Liverpool to drive up the quality of our private rented properties. Poorly managed properties lead to problems such as low demand, anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping, and are a real blight on our neighbourhoods.

“We are already carrying out a range of work to tackle this issue, and the licensing scheme would be another major step forward, setting out our commitment to build on our positive relationships with good landlords, while making it clear that we will not tolerate unsatisfactory property conditions and poor standards of management.

“We want to make sure Liverpool has a good quality private rented sector, which tenants can be confident in, and we believe this licensing scheme can play a major part in helping us achieve that.”

Liverpool already licences around 1,250 HMOs.

The council has not yet set a price for the licence, but buy to let landlords in Newham pay £500 for a five-year licence and up to £1,990 for HMO licences, depending on the number of properties they manage.

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  1. Blanket \”licensing\” like this cannot be about raising standards. It takes money off landlords who are setting high standards already. Problem landlords are likely to be operating outside the existing regulations anyway. This is simply a tax.


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