Fri 20 Mar 2015 View all news articles

Wirral launches housing licensing scheme

A scheme to raise standards for privately rented properties in Wirral is to be introduced in parts of Birkenhead and Wallasey.

Wirral Council has approved the ‘selective licensing’ proposals, which were subject to extensive consultation with more than 20,000 residents, landlords and agents invited to participate.

The scheme will come into force in four areas; Egerton North, Birkenhead South, Seacombe Library and Egremont Promenade South.

The scheme will come into effect on 1st July 2015 and will last for 5 years. It will require landlords who privately rent out properties in the designated areas to obtain a license from the Council. They will need to show basic safety checks have been carried out and they have appropriate management arrangements in place.

It is a criminal offence to let a privately rented property in the designated area without a license, or to fail to comply with any of the conditions of the license.

Source: Cheshire Today

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