Drop-in advice sessions for private housing tenants

A series of drop-in events for tenants in the private rented housing sector who are facing issues with their property are to take place in Liverpool this month.

The council’s Landlord Licensing team launched a new scheme in April 2022 in the 16 wards in Liverpool with the worst private rented housing conditions. It means additional powers to drive up standards and keep vulnerable tenants safe, such as tackling fire and electrical safety hazards, excess cold and damp, and preventing and tackling anti-social behaviour.

The wards included are: Central, Riverside, Greenbank, Kensington, Picton, Tuebrook & Stoneycroft, County, Anfield, St Michael’s, Princes Park, Kirkdale, Old Swan, Warbreck, Wavertree, Fazakerley and Everton.

A key focus of the new scheme is reaching out to tenants and support organisations to spread the word about the scheme and the work of the Private Sector Housing service.

The first series of events for tenants are taking place later this month in the following locations:

Thursday 8 December

Picton Children’s Centre, Earle Road, L7 6HD: 2pm – 4pm

Monday 12 December

Wavertree Library, Picton Road, L15 4LP: 10:30am – 12:30pm

Breck Road Library, The Mall, Breck Road, L5 6PX: 2pm – 4pm

Tuesday 13 December

Fazakerley Children’s Centre, Barlows Lane, L9 9EH: 9:30am – 11:30am

Anfield Children’s Centre, Oakfield Road, L4 2QG: 4pm – 6pm

Wednesday 14 December

Kirkdale Children’s Centre, Fountains Road, L4 1QH: 9:30am – 11:30am

Friday 16 December

Jubilee Sports Bank, Jubilee Drive, L7 8SJ: 10am – 12 midday

Cabinet Member for Strategic Development and Housing, Cllr Sarah Doyle, said, “We know that far too many private sector tenants live in poor housing conditions which impacts on their mental and physical health and wellbeing.

“Our previous Landlord Licensing scheme made a big impact, but some tenants were not aware of it. One of the key aims this time around is to get out and about into communities to really spread the word.

“If tenants are having issues with fire and electrical safety issues, excess cold and damp, or anti-social behaviour, we want to know about it so we can help.

“These events are part of a wider listening and engagement programme which will help make the new scheme an even bigger success.

“This is all part of the council’s improvement journey, listening to residents and partners and acting on their feedback.”

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