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LANDLORD LICENSING - INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS

 

All properties that are rented privately in Liverpool must have a license. This is required to show that the property meets a decent standard and the landlord is a ‘fit and proper person’.

 

There are two types of license

 

Mandatory HMO License – this covers all properties that are occupied by five or more tenants forming two or more unrelated households or groups (you are not all in the same family)


Selective License – this covers every other type of property (there are some limited exceptions such as University owned accommodation or living as a lodger in someone’s home)

 

If the property you are living in is not licensed then Liverpool City Council can prosecute your landlord/agent as this is a criminal offence. Furthermore if the prosecution is successful then the court can apply a rent repayment order which could mean any rent you paid whilst the property was unlicensed can be returned to you.

 

 

You can check if your property has a Mandatory or Selective License on the Liverpool City Council website.

 

If you believe the property you are living in is unlicensed you can advise Liverpool City Council at landlord.licensing@liverpool.gov.uk

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