The Residential Landlord Association (RLA) is set to meet Liverpool’s new metro mayor to see how the private rented sector can contribute to local housing.

Steve Rotheram - whose Liverpool City Region covers Liverpool; Halton, Knowsley; St Helens; Sefton and the Wirral - has been vocal about his ambitions to tackle the housing crisis.

The new civic leader has pledged to launch a Metro Mayor’s Housing Challenge Competition to identify and pilot new ways to meet housing needs, including those of older people, as well as looking at community mutual and co-operative models, self-build and ‘alternative and sustainable’ construction methods.

He also wants to work with local authorities to tackle poor quality rented accommodation and empty homes, use planning and housing powers to encourage better use of brown field land for new homes, and hold a 'high-level housing summit', which will bring together local authorities, housing providers, developers and government agencies to develop a strategy.

He plans to consider a region-wide vehicle to deliver new homes to rent and buy as well as other affordable tenures and set up a working group remove obstacles to better housing for former service personnel.

Landlords can contact the RLA with their concerns and suggestions for the meeting through the association's website.