Liverpool landlords face council crackdown

by Sarah Ashcroft

Property owners entering into rental agreements with tenants in Liverpool could be forced to gain accreditation as part of a new scheme, which is set to be introduced by the city's local authority.

In a move aiming to provide assistance for thousands of renters who are residing in Liverpool, the move will see proprietors seeking licences so that they can operate in the area.

The council clampdown on rogue landlords is set to see property owners required to meet a set of minimum standards or risk losing their licence or incur a fine.

According to local authority officials, the initiative will benefit tenants greatly, as it means they will be aware of the standard of other properties let out by their landlord.

In addition, the move will help individuals living in areas where proprietors usually buy up homes and rent them out to problem tenants, but fail to take action to address noise and other disturbances caused to their neighbours.

Under the new rules, if landlords do not tackle issues caused by their tenants by taking responsibility for their actions, they can lose their official accreditation.

Ahead of formal consultation in January 2013, council officials will ask the opinions of landlords, resident associations and private tenants.

Liverpool's latest scheme comes after Reading's local authority signed up to a campaign created by housing charity Shelter in November, which aims to ensure tenants are being treated fairly by imposing tougher sanctions on proprietors.

Reading Borough Council highlighted its dedication to the initiative by noting measures it has already taken to clamp down on rogue landlords.

The body reported one landlord who was fined more than £2,000 in January 2012 for committing a series of offenses under the Houses in Multiple Occupation laws after receiving complaints from a tenant who was living in an unsuitable dwelling that was in need of repair.

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Published on: December 28, 2012

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