Liverpool licensing scheme for landlords breached 131 times
A controversial licensing scheme in Liverpool has seen 46 private rented homes breaking conditions with 131 breaches uncovered.
The scheme, first introduced in April 2015, requires every landlord to pay a licence fee for each of their rented properties which are inspected at random.
Of the 131 breaches recorded to June this year, ten were uncovered in a single property, with the most common issues around tenancy information packs.
Forty-seven of the breaches came as a result of documents being omitted from the packs, with 24 missing a copy of the licence – the biggest single reason for non-compliance.
Andrew Goodacre, chief executive of the Residential Landlords Association, said: “While non-compliance is of course an issue, we can take a lot of positives from the fact that many of the breaches are in relation to paperwork and the administration of a tenancy rather than property standards.
“We hope that by publishing these we can highlight the areas in which some landlords are falling down, to help others avoid making the same mistakes.”
The cost of each five-year licence is £400 for first property and £350 for all others, with RLA landlords who have signed up for co-regulation paying just £200 per licence.
The scheme does not cover HMOs, although properties which have three or more storeys and five or more tenants forming more than one household need a separate HMO licence.
There are around 44,000 privately rented homes in Liverpool and 37,000 licence applications have been made.
Of these 28,830 have been granted, with 4,728 individual licence holders.
The types of breaches (and the number) are shown below:
- Tenancy Information Pack (7.1a Copy of Licence) 24
- Tenancy Information Pack (7.1c Copies of Certificate) 16
- HMO Compliant with Approved Standards (2.6) 13
- Inspection by Landlord (5.6) 9
- Property Exterior (5.8c External Areas) 9
- Nuisance and Anti-social Behaviour (4.1) 8
- Window Keys Provided (2.7) 7
- Smoke Alarms Positioning (1.7.1) 5
- Tenancy Information Pack (7.1e Waste Disposal) 5
- Valid Gas Certificate (1.2) 4
- Burglar Alarm Instructions Provided (2.5) 4
- Smoke Alarms in Working Order (1.6) 4
- Tenancy Deposit Scheme (2.3) 3
- Electrical Installation Work to Satisfactory Condition 2
- Repairs Undertaken in Reasonable Time (5.1) 2
- Carbon Monoxide Alarm (1.7.2) 2
- Tenancy Information Pack (7.1b Contact Details) 2
- Safe Electrical Appliances (1.4) 2
- Furniture Compliant (1.10) 1
- Emergency Work to Secure Property (5.2) 1
- Fire Fighting Equipment (1.9) 1
- Tenancy Complaint Procedure (2.1) 1
- Smoke Alarms – None in Property 1
- Visits by Landlord (2.4) 1
- Pest Infestation (5.5) 1
- Alarm Tests Log (1.8) 1
- Adequate Facilities/Equipment (6.1) 1
- Property Exterior (5.8d To Let Signs) 1