Li­cens­ing plans set to im­prove pri­vate sec­tor

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STAN­DARDS of man­age­ment and prop­erty con­di­tions in the pri­vate sec­tor in parts of Sefton should im­prove with the new Se­lec­tive Li­cens­ing and Ad­di­tional (HMO) li­cens­ing schemes.

In De­cem­ber 2016, Cabi­net made the de­ci­sion to con­sult with res­i­dents, pri­vate land­lords, busi­nesses and other stake­hold­ers for pro­posed new li­cens­ing schemes, which would af­fect pri­vate rented homes in des­ig­nated ar­eas.

The con­sul­ta­tion will look at plans to in­tro­duce se­lec­tive li­cens­ing across Boo­tle and ad­di­tional (HMO) li­cens­ing across parts of Seaforth/Water­loo/ Brighton- le- Sands and cen­tral South­port.

Many lo­cal author­i­ties al­ready op­er­ate sim­i­lar schemes which aim to raise man­age­ment stan­dards and prop­erty con­di­tions in the pri­vate rented sec­tor, which should ben­e­fit ten­ants and im­prove the com­mu­ni­ties af­fected.

Cllr Tr­ish Hardy, Sefton coun­cil’s cabi­net mem­ber com­mu­ni­ties and hous­ing, said: “We have seen a sig­nif­i­cant increase in the size of the pri­vate rented sec­tor – es­pe­cially in the ar­eas be­ing con­sid­ered for the li­cens­ing schemes.

“We recog­nise the cru­cial role the pri­vate rented sec­tor plays in cre­at­ing a strong and sus­tain­able hous­ing mar­ket and in meet­ing the hous­ing needs of many house­holds.

“Through the pro­posed li­cens­ing schemes we look for­ward to en­gage and work with land­lords to re­alise our vi­sion of cre­at­ing strong and re­silient com­mu­ni­ties and the op­por­tu­nity to live in good qual­ity homes.

“We are com­mit­ted to make these ar­eas a safe and at­trac­tive place to live in, and through the pro­posed li­cens­ing schemes we are seek­ing the full co­op­er­a­tion of land­lords and their ten­ants in mak­ing this hap­pen.”

Fur­ther de­tails on the pro­pos­als and con­sul­ta­tion will be avail­able in the com­ing months.

If any­one wants to be kept up­dated on the pro­posed li­cens­ing schemes, please con­tact: land­lord. li­cens­ing@sefton.gov.uk

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