Student housing organisation message to the City Council
Received an e-mail from a student housing organisation in response to the relevent City Council. I'll post it here for info which might be of interest to other landlords who deal with a student housing organisation to see if there any differences in approach. Some of the detail is that the student housing organisation believe that landlords should be exempt from the Council selective licensing scheme, or failing that, a reduction in the fee. It's warming to see them try to take on the Council.
- Dear All,
You may be aware that Liverpool City Council recently carried out a consultation on extending the citywide Landlord Licensing Scheme for a further 5 years.
As part of that consultation Liverpool Student Homes was invited to take part in a telephone interview with Opinion Research Services, the firm that was undertaking the consultation exercise on behalf of the Local Authority.
During the course of the interview we explained the purpose of our service and the requirements that are expected of any registered landlord or letting agent. We detailed all of the certification that you provide, the extent of the property condition standards that you are required to comply with and the management standards you are expected to employ in relation to dealing with such issues as disrepair, anti-social behaviour and waste management etc.
Through the conditions of our registration requirements and the criteria laid out within the LSH Standards we were able to show how landlords and letting agents who register accommodation through our service are providing properties and employing tenancy management practices that are over and above many of the requirements as laid out within the Selective Licensing conditions.
On this basis we argued, that given the reasoning for the extension of the licensing scheme was to deal with anti-social behaviour, poor property conditions and poor property management, there was insufficient evidence to argue landlords and letting agents who were a member of a local Accreditation Scheme should be subject to the same conditions as landlords and letting agents who were not.
We therefore set out why we believed landlords or letting agents registered with Liverpool Student Homes should not be required to be a part of the Selective Licensing scheme or, if that was not acceptable, then why there should only be a light touch approach with the same specification for the provision of documentation and extent of administration not being required. Under these circumstances there would be a reduction in the cost to the Local Authority of administering the licenses for any registered landlord or letting agency and we believe this should be reflected in any fee structure.
We believe the registration requirements that you already comply with should be recognised in any extension of the scheme and will work with Liverpool City Council to ensure they can be satisfied all Liverpool Student Homes registered landlords and letting agents are fully compliant with all of the Licensing conditions.
We will keep you informed of any further developments.
Liverpool Student Homes
5 Oxford Street, Liverpool, L7 7HL
T: 0151 794 3330 E: firstname.lastname@example.org*
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