Wirral Council works closely with landlords and managing agents through the Landlord Accreditation Team who administer the Property Accreditation Scheme and offer support in several ways, including:
- Private Landlord Forum with support from the Steering Group
- landlord Link-Up newsletter
The Private Landlord Forum Steering Group consists of landlords, agents and Council officers who meet on a regular basis. Read their Terms of Reference.
New proposed policy documents available for comment
The government has amended housing legislation to allow financial penalties, known as ‘Civil Penalties’ and ‘Rent Repayment Orders’, which can be used instead of prosecution for certain housing related offences under the Housing Act 2004.
Wirral Council has produced draft policy documents which outline the new powers which are available here for your information:
- When to prosecute and when to use Civil Penalties as an alternative
- How to determine the level of Civil Penalty
- When to apply for a Rent Repayment Order
The draft documents are open from Monday 7th May 2018 for a period of six weeks to provide all stakeholders the opportunity to comment on them before they are brought into use.
If you would like to make any comments on the draft policies for consideration before the documents are finalised, please send them to [email protected] by Friday 15th June 2018.
The draft policies above should be read in conjunction with the documents below.
Wirral Council has introduced a scheme where landlords that rent out properties privately will need to obtain a licence. The scheme applies in four parts of the borough.
Landlord mailing list
Private landlords can sign for email updates from Wirral Council. We’ll send you updates and useful information, including:
- information about the roll-out of Universal Credit
- details of Landlord Forum meetings
- the Private Landlord newsletter
Landlords Link-up newsletter
Wirral Council issues the Landlords Link-up newsletter once a year.
Universal Credit special issue
A special update on Universal Credit was published in November 2017.
If there is more you would like to know about a particular subject in future issues, please email [email protected].
Find out about landlords and Housing Benefit.
Wirral Private Landlord Forum
Wirral Council are holding a free information day on Thursday 7 June 2018 from 2pm at the Village Hotel, Bromborough CH62 4UE.
Meet the experts and find out about the issues you want to know about, including special speakers on:
- GDPR: The Great Data Puzzle
- Wirral Growth Company
- Universal Credit and Housing benefit updates
- Mandatory HMO licensing
- selective licencing update
Supporting specialists will be exhibiting at this free event and available to answer questions about their services.
A Wirral Private Landlord Forum is held once a year. Last year's forum took place on Wednesday 7 June 2017.
The following are presentations from speakers at the June 2017 forum:
- MSB Solicitors
- National Landlords Association
- NAPIT - Electrical safety in the private rented sector
- Selective Licensing
- Housing Benefit and Universal Credit
- Proposed HMO licensing changes in 2017
The forum is a great chance to discuss issues with property professionals and Council staff. You can also network with other landlords and letting agents as well as speak to representatives of companies providing services relevant to you.
On the day there are guest speakers on a range of topics.
For more information please call 0151 691 8132 or email the Landlord Accreditation Team.