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Consultation launched on new landlord licensing scheme

LIVERPOOL City Council is launching a public consultation on a 5 year extension to its pioneering landlord licensing scheme set to be introduced on 1 April 2020. To run for the next 12 weeks, the consultation aims to garner views on a range of topics including the cost of the licence, the conditions and the wider benefits of the ground breaking scheme to tenants and the community.  People can have their say on the scheme's extension at:- Liverpool.Gov.UK or by emailing:-  Liverpool.Licensing@ORS.Org.UK but please note that the deadline for submissions is midnight, Sunday, 26 May 2019.  The Council 1st launched the scheme in April 2015 to help drive up standards in the private rental sector, and requires property owners across Liverpool to hold a licence for each of their rental homes.

Liverpool City Council's Landlord Licensing Team have issued more than 48,500 licences since 2015 and almost 20,000 compliance actions have been carried out, with 70% of inspected properties found to be in breach of their licence conditions. Inspections have also uncovered serious hazards such as fire, excess cold and falls. It is a criminal offence to rent out a property without the required licence and more than 2,000 legal notices have been issued, with 89 fixed penalty notices and 154 successfully prosecuted landlords. In addition, 11 cases have been brought for health and safety hazards and action taken against 29 unlicensed HMOs (Houses of Multiple Occupation).

Nationally, figures show that Liverpool alone is responsible for 389% of the 460% national rise in prosecutions between 2012 and 2018. The Landlord Licensing team works alongside street scene Officers, Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and other partners to identify unlicensed properties and address issues on non compliance. There is a robust enforcement plan in place and the focus is currently on large portfolio holders who either fail to manage or fail to comply with their legal requirements. At the end of the consultation period Liverpool City Council's cabinet will receive a report on whether to recommend the implementation of a Selective Licensing scheme from April 2020. Final approval will then be sought from the Secretary of State.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said:- "Landlord Licensing has given us a foot in the door at private rented properties across the City to make sure that they are up to standard and, if not, take action to make sure they are. Poorly managed properties have a negative impact on both the occupiers as well as neighbouring properties and communities and a well-managed private rented sector is key to helping provide the residents of Liverpool with the greatest life chances possible. It is the Council's strong belief that everyone in rented accommodation deserves and has the right to live in a safe and well managed home, no matter what part of the City they live in. Our licensing team have found shocking examples of landlords happy to take rent off their tenants despite providing them with substandard accommodation, often with issues around heating, damp and poor electrics whilst regular checks are not being carried out and issues of Anti Social Behaviour are not addressed properly.  We've made massive progress in less than 4 years and led the way nationally in tackling poor housing conditions and bad property management, but we believe we need to continue with the scheme beyond 2020 to continue making a difference. We believe we have a really strong case and want to hear from tenants to help prove to Government why they need to allow us to continue with a City-wide programme."

Councillor Lynnie Hinnigan, Cabinet Member for Housing, added:- "It is important to note that there are good landlords out there and we welcome the support we have had from landlord bodies; a well managed private rented sector helps us focus resources on non-compliant and criminal landlords. It's important we hear from all parties in this consultation to ensure the scheme reflects the needs of the City and continues to promote good practice."

Nick McCormack, Station Manager for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, said:- "Working in partnership with the Council landlord licensing team, landlords and residents helps us identify any potential risks to our communities before they develop into more serious incidents that may present a risk to life. We strongly support an extension to the landlord licensing scheme which will improve residents' quality of life, increase building safety and reduce the potential for serious incidents before they occur."

New generation of construction workers get careers boost from Lovell

BIRKENHEAD housing developer Lovell showcased its work building the next generation of construction workers during National Apprenticeship Week. Joinery student Finlay Hughes has just completed a week of valuable industry experience on site with Lovell at its Fiveways major housing regeneration programme in Rockferry.

Finlay, 18, says:- "Spending time on site has enabled me to use the skills I've learned at College and put them into practice. The atmosphere is completely different to being at College, it's more hectic with a lot more going on. Having this kind of experience means I'll know what to expect when I get my 1st job." During the week, the Level 2 Joinery Diploma student worked alongside qualified tradespeople installing skirting boards, hanging doors and fitting locks.

The placement was arranged through Lovell's long term partnership with Wirral Metropolitan College which has enabled 23 students to benefit from supervised work experience with the Lovell team building new homes at Minshull Way.

"It gives students a taste of their chosen career and helps shape their College studies, showing them the kind of thing they will be doing if they work in the industry," says Gemma Hill, the College's work placement Officer. "It's been a really successful arrangement for us and we are very grateful for Lovell's support in providing these placements which help the students develop their skills and decide in which direction they want to go."

Wirral Metropolitan student Alix Esclapez, 19, is also completing a placement on the Fiveways site, work-shadowing the site management team. "It's been great to get experience on site," says Alix, who is studying for a BTEC Level 3 qualification in construction management and the built environment. "There are things that I'm studying as part of my course such as sustainable construction and health and safety which I've now seen put into place on a real-life development."

Lovell Regional training coordinator Paul Woby comments:- "Lovell has always believed in doing everything we can to attract young people into construction and create the skilled workforce needed to support our own continuing success and the industry as a whole. The ongoing skills shortage and impact of Brexit make this even more of a priority. Working with Wirral Metropolitan College to support students and give them the chance to see the opportunities available to them is also an important part of our commitment to bringing a wide range of benefits to the communities where we build."

Lovell in the North West has trained over 120 apprentices over the last 5 years directly and through the company's supply chain partners.

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Deceased estates notice - Lilian May Jackam

Pursuant to the Trustee Act 1925, any persons having a claim against or an interest in the Estate of Lilian May Jackam (also known as Lillian May) Jackam (Deceased), late of Birch Abbey Rest Home, 55 Alexandra Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 9HD, UK, who died on 04/10/2018, are required to send particulars thereof in writing, to the undersigned Solicitors, on or before 24/05/2019, after which date the Estate will be distributed having regard only to claims and interests of which they have had notice. Churches Solicitors, 12 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7BL, UK. Ref:- 'T553015.'

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