Although we are Wirral Letting Agents, we also work in Liverpool and currently have a selection of properties for rent there. From the first of April, it became a requirement that anybody renting out a property within Liverpool must register their details with Liverpool City Council.
This is only the first stage of the application process. The council will advise you through the second part and let you know when your payment is due.
This is part of a city wide licensing scheme, the first of its kind in the UK and landlords of over 50,000 properties have already signed up. The legislation which is live now (since 1st April 2015) requires all private landlords to now hold a license.
The five year license fee is £400 for the first property, then £350 for each property thereafter.
Applications for the license will only be settled on the foundation that the landlord is deemed a ‘fit and proper person’ with investigation into conviction history of certain crimes involving dishonesty, violence or drugs or contraventions of housing law.
Any existing landlords that have not yet licensed their property and are continuing to rent are now committing a criminal offence and the management of their properties could now be taken over by the council.
For new or existing Liverpool landlords, contact us at Propeller lettings for more information and advice on licensing your property.