Public meeting on private rented housing

A public meeting to be held at Liverpool Town Hall next week will examine the role of the private rented sector in the city.

The meeting, on Tuesday 25 November (6.30-8.30pm), will ask “Does the private rented sector in Liverpool work well for landlords and tenants?”

It is open to landlords, tenants, students and anybody with an interest in this sector. A panel with representatives from the city council, the National Landlords Association, Generation Rent , Sigma Regeneration, Engage, and Liverpool Student Homes will lead the discussion and answer questions.  Question time will be chaired by Radio Merseyside’s Roger Phillips

Among the issues to be discussed are:

• Driving up Standards in the private rented sector,
• Being a Landlord in Liverpool
• Tenants’ Perspective
• Investing in the Rented Sector
• Impact on Our Neighbourhoods
• The Student Market

Councillor Ann O’Byrne, the cabinet member for housing, said: “The private rented sector has an increasingly important role in the city.

“The number of privately rented properties has more than doubled in the last decade and there are now over 50,000 tenancies and more than 5,000 landlords.
“We will be looking at whether the growth of the private rented sector is a good thing for those looking for accommodation in the city and what impact it has on local neighbourhoods.

“But we want to give everybody with an interest in this area the chance to have their say and to question experts about it so I would hope both tenants and landlords take the opportunity to attend this meeting.”