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  • Buy-to-Let

    Liverpool Landlord Licencing

    Does anyone have any experience of the landlord licencing in Liverpool?

    I have just been speaking to an agent who has said that the council are changing the requirements next April and any licences taken out now will need to be renewed next April.

    My first assumption was if so then it would be a pro rata charge for the remaining time between now and April and then a full licence cost valid for 5 years from next year.

    The agent said that's not the case, she stated that the council do not pro rata the current licence they charge the full £400 even if you took it out in March next year!

    On this basis, I will have to pay £400 for 10 months licencing then circa £500+ for 5 years from next April.

    Is this correct?

    If so surely this could be challenged as it is pure daylight robbery, not pro rata the rate.

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    Hi Tom,

    I have replied to a recent post of yours, so hello again.

    The agent is right, to a point. Schemes are fixed periods. Liverpool were one of the first and the scheme started in April 2015. (Feels like yesterday I handed over 000's)

    So the current scheme ends March 2020. To my knowledge a decision hasn't be made to renew the scheme, though I am sure they will. For the record in 4 years not one visit!

    Okay, what you haven't been told is, if you are registered correctly or work with an agent who is registered correct you can claim 50% discount.

    I am sure that reads better my friend.

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    Hi Richard

    Thanks for your advice. 50% discount is an improvement, it just amazes me at the blatant revenue grabbing on the part of the council and the total lack of redress we have as landlords!

    Regards


    ​Tom 

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    Hi Tom,

    I understand, Local Government & Central Government have hit Landlords hard over the years. However its just a new challenge we have to face and get around. Lets be honest Landlords had it easy back in the day. (Back in the day before my time I may add)

    But we have people now who are looking at a fresh approach to property investment and maximising rental returns and capital growth. This is what i am achieving in Liverpool, by working closely with the investor property owner, supplier & trades and having a strong management philosophy. (Sounds over the top I know, but its time for a change.....do things differently even if its 1%)

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    Hi Tom,

    I bought a property in Liverpool and had to License it from April 2018, I too was shocked that you pay the full amount even if you rent it out 1 month before April 2020.  Imagine if they did the same with passports!   I rented my house out via Openrent so didn't use an agent as I self manage.    I joined the RLA for £59,00 (Property Tribes Discount for first year) and they have a co-regulation scheme which costs .83p a month (£10.00 a year) which means you get a big discount think about 50%. The Co-regulation scheme involves filling in some forms and providing evidence that you have met all the government requirements for letting the house and being a good landlord.  The RLA were also helpful about the Liverpool Landlord license when I rang them and they gave me advise about an extra clause I needs to put into my AST contract, which if I hadn't put it in it wouldn't have been accepted by the council and I would have had to pay another submission fee of £50.00 to correct and resubmit.

    It is pretty certain it will be renewed despite that fact they have appeared to do nothing to check properties.

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    What was the clause you had to put in the AST?

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    It was some wording direct from Liverpool licensing site about nuisance behaviour, can’t remember exactly where I got if from but RLA gave me the clause number and I found it and cut and pasted into my application.
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    Is this licence payable by every landlord with a property in the whole of Liverpool? I am buying an investment property in L22.
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    I thought it was per property.  If you find out different let me know.

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