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Liverpool City Council proposes taxes for student landlords

Published On: September 23, 2016 at 9:04 am


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Student landlords in Liverpool could soon be forced to pay business tax, under controversial new rules outlined by the City Council.

At present, student accommodation is currently exempt from business rates, with students not permitted to pay council tax.


However, Liverpool City Council feels that as student landlords are essentially ‘profit making businesses,’ they should be charged for the public services used by their tenants.

This motion was originally proposed by councilors Nick Small and Laura Robertson-Collins, with other local authority member unanimously backing the plan this week.

A Government grant that compensates the loss of council tax income from students is to be phased out, leaving the Council left to think of other ways to raise cash.


Responding to the calls, the Residential Landlords Association has expressed its concerns over the plans. The firm fears that student landlords could be left with little alternative but to pass these higher costs onto their tenants, should they have to pay business rates.

Andrew Goodacre, Chief Executive of the Residential Landlords Association observed: ‘this sets a very dangerous precedent. Where one council goes others are sure to follow. Landlords will look to recoup this extra tax by increasing their rents and taxing them in this way will reduce the amount of money they have to spend on repairs and home improvements for their tenants.’[1]

‘This is yet another example of landlords being treated as little more than cash cows by those in power. I hope the Government will share our concerns and put a stop to this unfair tax on students who are already paying through the nose for their education,’ he continued.[1]

Liverpool City Council proposes taxes for student landlords

Liverpool City Council proposes taxes for student landlords


Further opposition has come from the Liverpool Guild of Students, who have criticised the council for forwarding the proposals why students were still on their summer break.

A spokesperson told the Liverpool Echo: ‘The motion has been tabled at a time when there are no students in the city to dispute the proposals, suggesting there is an attempt to do this behind closed doors.’[1]

‘While the motion implies the extra charges will be picked up by landlords, we believe they will ultimately be passed onto the students in the form of a rent increase-and at a time when maintenance grants have been cut and fees and the cost of living is going up. It is the poorest students who will suffer as a result. This may also lead to landlords reducing their repairs budget to make up the shortfall, which could then lead to poorer student accommodation.’[1]

The council is now to establish a working group with university, student and landlord representatives in order to look at the plans.



Liverpool City Council Partners with ARLA, NALS and the RLA

Published On: January 13, 2016 at 12:50 pm


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Liverpool City Council has partnered with the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA), the National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS) and the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) for its landlord licensing scheme.

Last year, the council introduced the country’s first city-wide licensing scheme for rental properties. However, its costs have been criticised for being too high.

As councils are not allowed make profits from licensing schemes, many have questioned why Liverpool’s scheme is so expensive.

The new agreement with the three industry organisations means that landlords belonging to any of these groups will receive a 50% discount on licensing fees, taking the charge to £200 per property, rather than the standard rate of £400 for the first property and £350 for each subsequent home.

Liverpool City Council Partners with ARLA, NALS and the RLA

Liverpool City Council Partners with ARLA, NALS and the RLA

Councillor Frank Hont, Cabinet Member for Housing at Liverpool City Council, explains the need for the partnerships: “When we launched the scheme, we were clear that we wanted to work with the private rented sector to help them comply with the scheme and find ways of giving discounts to those that are committed to meeting the standards.

“I am delighted that ARLA, NALS and the RLA have all come on board. It is a win-win for everyone, because their members benefit from a reduced fee and we are able to target our resources at those landlords who we know aren’t meeting the standards.

“This is all part of our drive to improve the quality of housing in the city and make sure that our residents have access to good quality accommodation.”1 

The Managing Director of ARLA, David Cox, comments on the agreement: “We are really pleased to become a co-regulator for the Liverpool selective licensing scheme.

“We are glad Liverpool City Council has seen the importance of distinguishing between the professional market and those who the scheme is designed to remove from Liverpool’s rental market.

“ARLA welcomes this initiative and hopefully, by giving landlords who use our members a 50% discount on licensing fees, it will encourage more landlords to use licensed letting agents.”1

Isobel Thomson, the Chief Executive of NALS, adds: “We are delighted to be part of a co-regulatory partnership with Liverpool City Council for their selective licensing scheme. We welcome the recognition they have given to NALS agents and the strict criteria they meet in relation to customer service and consumer protection.

“By offering a discounted licensing fee for those agents who come under a co-regulatory partnership, it is a clear indicator to landlords of which agents they should be using.”1 

And the Chief Executive of the RLA, Andrew Goodacre, also says: “The RLA is the only landlord association approved to offer a co-regulation alternative to those landlords in Liverpool who wish to continue to manage their portfolio themselves.

“There are a growing number of landlords who are choosing to manage their properties directly, and our scheme is an ideal vehicle for self-regulation whilst still providing significant savings on the license fees.”1

Around 8,500 landlords, owning about 39,500 properties, have already started the application process, which came into effect in April last year.

The council has also begun issuing the first set of licenses.