Licensing plans set to improve private sector
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. firstname.lastname@example.org