From 1 April 2015 all private landlords in the city must apply for a five-year licence for each of their rented properties.
The scheme is being introduced in Liverpool under the government’s selective licensing laws and signing up for it is compulsory.
What are the benefits of the scheme?
The properties must meet fire, electric and gas safety standards and be in a good state of repair. Licensed landlords must be able to deal effectively with any complaints about their tenants.
Are there any exemptions?
Properties with an HMO license are exempt. There are also a number of other circumstances which may mean you do not have to license a property.
How do you apply?
The first stage of the application process requires you to register your contact details with the Liverpool City Council (LCC) and list the properties you own.
Once you have registered (you can do this online), the LCC will contact you to let you know when and how to complete the second part of the application process, when payment is due and how to pay.
Please note: If you have not registered by 1 April 2015 you could be charged an administration fee or face prosecution.
If you would like more information about the Scheme or would like us to assist with the declaration of rental income/capital gains to HMRC please do give Sue Stephens a call.