Action Now on Liverpool’s Rotten Homes

Liverpool’s Liberal Democrats will call for urgent action on growing problems with private sector landlords at the next meeting of Liverpool City Council on 12th September.

In a  hard hitting resolution to be moved by Group Leader Cllr Richard Kemp CBE the Lib Dems point out that one in five homes in Liverpool is rented out by private landlord and that almost half of them do not meet the Decent Homes Standard.

The Healthy Homes Initiative of the Liverpool PCT supported by the Fire Service, RSLs and other key players which has ensured that landlords undertake almost £4million of repairs to their properties.

The motion calls for the licensing and regulation of landlords, their properties and lettings agents.

Cllr Kemp said, there are many good private landlords who would welcome an increase in standards and a crackdown on cowboys. But the cowboys cause major problems not only to their own tenants but in many cases to communities blighted by uncaring landlords who do not care about the behavior of their tenants once rent is paid.

In September a resolution authored by Cllr Kemp including regulation and licensing measures will be debated at the Lib Dem Conference.

Resolution to Council

Liverpool’s Rotten Homes

Council notes:

The findings of the recent ‘Liverpool Rotten Homes’ campaign by Shelter that revealed that:

  • One in five homes in      Liverpool is rented out by private landlords.
  • Almost half of them do      not meet the Decent Homes Standard.

The Healthy Homes Initiative of the Liverpool PCT supported by the Fire Service, RSLs and other key players which has ensured that landlords undertake more than £3million of repairs to their properties.

That both Labour and Liberal Democrat Parties have recently adopted similar policies on the registration and/or licensing of landlords and lettings agents.

It particularly welcomes the decision of Newham Council on 21 June to introduce a licensing scheme which will

  • Ensure the licensing of all properties in multiple occupation
  • Ensure licensing of all private tenancies in their area where there are clear problems to tenants or other local residents caused by Anti-Social Behaviour.

Accordingly Council resolves as a matter of urgency to initiate consultation on the introduction of a similar scheme in Liverpool including:

  • Changes in HMO classification to include all HMOs.
  • Appropriate areas based on ASB and other evidence  for the introduction of licensing in other areas
  • Regulation and Registration of letting agents
  • Appropriate charges to lettings agents and landlords for the provision of such a service.

Such consultation to include:

  • Tenants of private landlords
  • Landlords associations
  • Residents association in areas with large numbers of private landlords
  • Tenants associations of private landlords.

That the consultation be concluded by Christmas with a view to the council undertaking what actions it can within existing laws;

Looking at the development of bye-laws to meet local needs as outlined in the Localism Act 2011.

Looking at major changes in the law required to meet these ends and campaigning with other like-minded councils to achieve them

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About richardkemp

Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Liverpool. . Deputy Chair and Lib Dem Spokesperson on the LGA Community Wellbeing Board. Married to the lovely Cllr Erica Kemp CBE with three children and four grandchildren.
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