Have your say on our plans for

Selective & Additional landlord licensing


The private rented sector in Sefton has grown considerably over recent years, with a number of landlords providing poorly managed and unsafe homes.  The Council has considered options to tackle problems of poor housing, anti-social behaviour, crime and deprivation to protect the health, safety and welfare of the occupants, and to improve the areas where these problems are most significant.  We would like your views on the following proposals.

We propose to:

1. Introduce Selective Licensing

This is where any privately rented property in Bootle will require the landlord to apply to us for a licence.

2. Introduce Additional (HMO) Licensing

Additional (HMO) Licensing requires all privately rented Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO), which are located in parts of Southport, Waterloo, Brighton-le-Sands and Seaforth to be licensed.


Landlords will be required to abide by a set of conditions to cover the management of the tenancy and condition of property. Further information on the schemes can be found at sefton.gov.uk/private-housing

Why licence?

Licensing aims to improve premises conditions including the security of homes, as well as their management and occupation and contribute to the community they are in. It will aid in protecting the safety and welfare of tenants, provide confidence in the rented sector and put clear standards in place for the good of all. It will help ensure all landlords operate to good standards but provide an environment that is less opportunistic and attractive for poor and criminal landlords. It will also give the local authority and landlords more powers in dealing with those tenants that choose to cause anti-social behaviour.

Have Your Say

You can take part in our consultation at: sefton.gov.uk/private-housing    or   melresearch.co.uk/page/sefton

Tel: 0800 073 0348

Email: seftonprs@melresearch.co.uk

The consultation will close on 24 June 2017