Selective and Additional (HMO) Licensing 

Standards of management and property conditions in the private rented sector in parts of Sefton should improve with the introduction of new Selective Licensing and Additional (HMO) licensing schemes.

A report is going to Cabinet on December 1, to seek approval to consult with residents, private landlords, businesses and other stakeholders for proposed new licensing schemes, which would affect private rented homes in designated areas.

The consultation will look at proposals to introduce Selective Licensing across Bootle and Additional (HMO) Licensing across parts of Seaforth/Waterloo/Brighton-le-Sands and central Southport.

Many local authorities already operate similar licensing schemes which aim to a improve standards of management and property conditions in the private rented sector, which should benefit tenants and improve the communities affected.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Communities and Housing, said: “We have seen a significant increase in the size of the private rented sector – especially in the areas being considered for the licensing schemes.

“We recognise the crucial role the private rented sector plays in creating a strong and sustainable housing market and in meeting the housing needs of many households.

“Through the proposed licensing schemes we look forward to engage and work with landlords to realise our vision of creating strong and resilient communities and the opportunity to live in good quality homes.

“We are committed to make these areas a safe and attractive place to live in and through the proposed licensing schemes we are seeking the full co-operation of landlords and their tenants in making this happen.”

If agreed, further details on the proposals and consultation will be available in the New Year on If anyone wants to be kept updated on the proposed licensing schemes, please contact


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