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Wirral landlord licensing

From 1st April 2015, all private landlords in the city must apply for a five-year licence for each of their rented properties. Is your property affected?

What needs to be done and when?

  1. Register each property by 1st April 2015
  2. Complete Fit & Proper Person check
  3. Complete the full application
  4. Check compliance and inspect regularly

How much will a licence cost?

  • First property – £400
  • Each additional property – £350
  • Properties owned or managed by members of a co-regulation organisation – £200

The £50 Fit & Proper Person Check is included.

Are there any discounts?

Individual landlords can receive discounts, using one of the following methods:

  1. Use a co-regulated agent (like Homesure)
  2. Join the Residential Landlords Association
  3. Join the CLASS Accreditation Scheme – this will be closed at some point in the future (council have set a date yet), and it will be immediate, i.e. without notice

Licensing conditions

What exactly are the conditions that all landlords must abide by? Click here for the full conditions

Want to find out more and do some of your own research first?

The following resource may prove useful – Updates blog

Are there any legal challenges to this?

Yes, there are quite a few and you may have heard about them.

Click on the links below to find out more information and get involved in the petitions if you wish.

In terms of the current situation, you must still proceed with licensing your properties in order to avoid penalties.

We addressed the below issues directly with the Licensing Team, and they responded as follows:

“I can advise that proposed licence holders should continue with their applications. The ICO has asked “that the council reviews the information they are asking for in their Landlord Licence application form so that it is clear. We will provide further information to licence holders as and when necessary.”
Liverpool Landlord Licensing Team

How Homesure can help you

Already one of our fully managed landlords?

Simply click here to complete a short form – we’ll do everything else for you!

New and non-managed landlords

If you’re joining as a fully managed client, you just need to complete the short form mentioned above. If you’ve received an email directly from the council, just ignore it – our work will supersede this.

If you want to continue to manage your property yourself, however, we can still help you get licensed.

 For a one-off fee of £120 + VAT (£144), we will:

  1. Visit your property and carry out a Landlord Licensing Compliance Check (this is included within our fully managed package), which will ensure your property is up to the licensing standards (if it isn’t, we’ll tell you what needs to be done)
  2. Register your property
  3. Complete the full application for you

What we can’t do:

  • The Fit and Proper Person Check which is £50 (direct to the council). You will need to pay for, and complete, your own check as it personal to you.
  • Carry out quarterly inspections to ensure you are fully compliant with the licensing conditions.
  • Pass on our 50% discount, so you will need to pay the full licence fee of £400. You can still get a 50% discount if your property is CLASS-registered or if you are an individual member of The Residential Landlords Association.

Option 1 - Fully Managed Service

£260 (inc. VAT) - Hands-off option inc.

What this includes

  • Stage 1 – Registering
  • Stage 3 – Fit and proper person check
  • Stage 3 – Full application
  • Stage 4 – Paying the fee
  • Includes a ‘Landlord Licensing Compliance Check’ (worth £60), which includes a visit to your property
  • Homesure act as the licence holder and managing agent
  • Regular inspections of the property in accordance with the licensing conditions
  • You will receive a 50% discount down to just £200/property
  • Includes the licence fee of £200/property
  • Includes the administration fee of £50 plus VAT (£60)
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Option 2 - Non-Managed Landlords

£344 / £544 (inc. VAT) - Application & inspection, inc.

What this includes

  • Stage 1 – Registering
  • Stage 2 – Fit and proper person check
  • Stage 3 – Full application
  • Stage 4 – Paying the fee
  • Includes a ‘Landlord Licensing Compliance’ check £120 plus VAT (£144)
  • Includes the licence fee at either £200 (if you are individually CLASS-registered) or £400/property
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Option 3 - Landlord Licensing Compliance Check

£144 (inc. VAT) - Inspection-only, DIY application

What this includes

  • Includes a ‘Landlord Licensing Compliance’ check at £120 plus VAT (£144)
  • You will carry out the rest of the application process yourself
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