A landlord who refused to sign up to Liverpool's
Landlord Licensing scheme, despite a legal notice being served, has been fined.
James Bennett, of Withycombe Road in Warrington, pleaded guilty at Liverpool
Magistrate's Court to renting out an unlicensed property in Hawkesworth Street,
Anfield. The defendant also pleaded guilty to a second charge of not providing
the City Council with information about the house, despite numerous
communications from the Council and finally a legal notice served on him.
He has been fined £800 for operating an unlicensed property, £200 for failing to
comply with a legal notice and a further £80 victim surcharge. Mr Bennett has
also been ordered to pay the Council's legal costs of £625.91. District Judge
Lloyd made clear during sentencing that the commission of both offences was a
serious matter and that the licensing of private rented properties within
Liverpool was a matter of safety.
Liverpool's Landlord Licensing Scheme came into force in 2015 with the aim of
driving up standards in the private rented sector, and action is now being taken
against those who are still refusing to sign up.
Landlords have to meet a variety of conditions around fire, electric and gas
safety rectifying disrepair issues, tackling pest infestations, keeping the
exterior in a good state of repair and dealing with complaints about anti social
behaviour caused by tenants.
Liverpool City Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Frank Hont,
stated:- "As a City Council we are determined and committed to bringing
non compliant landlords to task and will take action against those who ignore
the law. This not only raises the standards for tenants but creates a level
playing field for those compliant landlords in our City. If Mr Bennett had
licensed his property as required he wouldn't now be faced with a £1700 fine.
This is a real partnership approach and we are working closely with other
Council Departments which hold information relating to rental properties, and
this approach ensures we can, and will, identify and take action against
landlords with unlicensed properties."
Almost 8,000 landlords responsible for more than 44,000 properties are already
engaged with the Landlord Licensing scheme.
Current and prospective tenants can access a database
online to see if their landlord is on the
Landlord licensing has the backing of campaign groups including Shelter and