Licences and standards
Landlord Licensing Scheme
Liverpool’s Landlord Licensing Scheme means that from 1st April 2015 all private landlords in the city must obtain a 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.
Register of licensed properties
Find out if a property in Liverpool has been granted a Landlord Licence. View the register of licensed properties.
What are the benefits of the scheme?
The scheme will ensure that licensed landlords in the city are ‘fit and proper’. Before they are granted a licence we’ll be asking landlords to declare convictions for dishonesty, violence or drug-related offences, or breaches of housing or landlord and tenant laws.
Licensed landlords’ 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 licence are exempt. There are also a number of other circumstances which may mean you do not have licence a property.
Discount for members of co-regulation organisations
The three organisations listed below are approved to work with us to ensure that the Landlord Licensing scheme meets the highest standards.
- Association of Residential Letting Agents.
- National Approved Letting Scheme.
- Residential Landlords Association.
Each of these organisations checks that its members meet high property management standards and will also ask them to opt in to our licence conditions. Only then will members qualify for a discounted property licence rate of £200.
How do I apply?
First you will need to apply for a fit and proper person check which costs £50.
Once the check has been completed and payment has been made, you then need to submit individual property details, along with the full application fee for each licence.
Apply by post
Pleasecontact us to request a paper application form. Please ensure you include your email address so we can send it to you.
Please note: If you have not started your application online or posted a completed paper form, please do so as soon as possible to prevent being charged an administration fee and further enforcement action.
How much will a licence cost?
First property: £400
Each additional property: £350
Properties owned by members of one of our approved co-regulation organisations: £200 (see above).
Please contact us if you have any questions about the fees.
Find out more
- Read our guide to completing the Landlord Licence Holder (Fit and Proper) Check application form.
- Read our guide to Part Two of the Landlord Licence application form.
Please read our FAQs on the Landlord Licensing Scheme if you’d like to know more.