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New changes for Private Rented Landlords & Tenants

From March 1, 2018 landlords who privately rent out their properties will be required to obtain a new licence from Sefton Council if their properties are located within selected areas in the borough.

Sefton Council approved the implementation of two new housing licensing schemes in September, 2017 in separate areas of the borough. Both schemes will run until the end of February 2023.

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Sefton designated an area of Bootle as being subject to Selective licensing, (all privately rented properties) and has designated parts of Seaforth, Waterloo, Brighton-le-Sands and Southport as being subject to Additional licensing.

Additional licensing requires all houses defined as a house in multiple occupation (HMO) to apply for a housing licence.  Mandatory licensing for larger HMO properties is currently a national requirement.

A full list of all streets affected along with further details of the schemes, licensing conditions and fees are available on sefton.gov.uk.

Landlords will be required to meet a range of licence conditions, and show that they have appropriate management arrangements in place.

It is an offence, which can result in fines of any amount, if the landlord or person in control of the property:

•           fails to apply for a licence for a licensable property, or
•           allows a property to be occupied by more people than is permitted under the licence
•           breaches any of the licence conditions

If you are a landlord, a person managing a property within the areas of the designation you are advised to check whether your property will require a licence and ensure that you apply for one per property.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Communities and Housing, said: “We have areas where many properties currently fail to meet the required homes standard, which can have a terrible impact on the health and welfare of their tenants and their wider communities.

“The schemes we have introduced aim to reduce that by making sure private landlords meet satisfactory standards of tenancy and property management.

“But it is also about tenants behaving in a way that does not blight or impact on their community and shows respect for their neighbours.

“If you are a landlord renting a property in any of the designated areas, you must check whether your property will need a licence from March 1, 2018.”

Landlords can apply for a reduced fee for either applying within the first 3 months of the scheme, being accredited or when a Sefton accredited managing agent is appointed by the landlord to be the licence holder. Further details of the reduced fees are available on the Council’s website.

Further details of Sefton’s property (and managing agent) accreditation schemes are available on www.sefton.gov.uk/housing. Early application for property accreditation is encouraged.

Maghull residents warned of card skimming scam

Merseyside Police is warning the public in Maghull to be extra cautious when using ATM machines following claims that one in the area has been tampered with.

It has been reported that criminals are using skimming devices in the cash machines to steal people’s credit and debit cards.

The offenders have reportedly glued small devices into the card entry point which allows the card to be put into the machine and the transaction to appear to have been processed but when the user tries to get the card back, it gets caught by the device.

The criminals come back later on, remove the device and steal the card which is then used to make withdrawals at other machines.

Inspector Susan Stribling said: “We’re doing everything we can to spread this message and ensure that the public are protected against these crimes.

“We’d like to thank those who have already contacted us to report suspicious activity and similar crimes and advise anyone who thinks they may have also been a victim, to please get in touch.

“If you use a machine and it appears to have retained your card, you may have been a victim, so please urgently notify us and the branch.

“If you have any specific details or you’re simply worried then call us on 101 quoting crime ref: 0518208538. We’d much rather come out and investigate something that doesn’t seem right than not be told and see someone suffer the consequences. “

Anyone with information is encouraged to speak to officers in the area, call 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Could you help someone with dementia keep doing the things they love?

Alzheimer’s Society will be holding a drop-in volunteer recruitment event to encourage people to sign up and help Sefton residents in need of support.

Side by Side is a new free service that links a volunteer to someone living with dementia to help them get out and about and continue enjoying the activities they love. From joining a local club, going to the football, or just going for a stroll in the park, Alzheimer’s Society wants people with dementia to live the lives they want and deserve, and Side by Side volunteers can help make this possible.

The drop in will be held at Linacre Bridge Community Hub on Tuesday January 30, 10am-12.30pm. 

Whether you’re a social butterfly, shopaholic or nature lover, Alzheimer’s Society needs volunteers like you to help people in Sefton who are living with dementia.

The information event is an informal drop-in opportunity for members of the public to come and find out about the different types of volunteering they can get involved in.

Both staff and current volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions that may help you to decide if volunteering is for you or not. 

You can volunteer on weekdays, evenings and weekends at various times, either in person or over the phone- so it’s a flexible way to give your time and really make a huge difference to someones life.

For more information phone 0170 453 9967 or email sidebysidesefton@alzheimers.org.uk 

Sefton Mayor’s Charity Ball tickets go on sale

Tickets have gone on sale for the 2018 Mayor of Sefton’s charity dinner

Taking place at the stunning Floral Hall, Southport Theatre and Convention Centre on Saturday March 17, all money raised from the dinner will go to the Mayor of Sefton’s Charity Fund.

This is later annually dispersed throughout the borough to local charities.

The evening starts at 6.00pm with a drinks reception followed by a 3-course meal, live auction and raffle

Special guest compere Tony Ravel will host proceedings with live music from Blackpool based band The Blackaways.

Tickets, which cost £35, are on sale now subject to availability.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, said:

“The annual charity dinner is one of the major highlights in the Sefton Mayoral calendar and I am very much looking forward to welcoming many guests on the evening.

“All the money raised throughout the evening goes towards the Mayor’s Charity Fund, which in turn helps so many wonderful charitable and voluntary organisations right across the borough.”

For more information or to book your tickets call 0151 934 2062 or email mayorsoffice@sefton.gov.uk.

Liverpool City Region lead the way on local energy

Liverpool City Region has been nominated to host a new North West Energy Hub, which will help consolidate the region’s strengths as a leading player in sustainable energy.

Endorsed by the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Combined Authority Boards, the Hub will provide expertise and resources to help local authorities and LEPs across the North West prioritise and deliver local energy projects.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is considering funding the Hub as part of its Local Energy programme, which was announced in the Clean Growth Strategy last October.

The Hub will cover the five LEP areas in the North West (Cheshire & Warrington; Cumbria; Lancashire; Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region) who will work together to coordinate local action to support the energy agenda.

Steve Rotheram, Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, said:

“This is great news for the Liverpool City Region and will enable us to further consolidate our reputation as one of the UK’s leading regions for sustainable energy.
“We are already home to a hugely important low-carbon cluster, with 1400 companies, employing 23,000 people and contributing £2bn to the city region economy. And through projects such as harnessing the power of the River Mersey, we will build on that in the years to come.
“Clean, low carbon energy production is the key to the future economic prosperity of our city region. Combining predictable and plentiful renewable energy with world-class digital connectivity will give us a unique competitive edge as a global investment destination.”

Welcoming the North West Energy Hub, Liverpool City Region LEP Chair Asif Hamid MBE, said:

“This is not just fantastic news for the City Region but also for the wider North West. For us, the opportunity to host the North West Local Energy Hub in the City Region is a chance to show national and regional leadership in the energy agenda that has been identified as a key priority of the City Region, for the LEP, Metro Mayor and the Northern Powerhouse.

“Importantly, the creation of a Local Energy Hub will also enable us to identify projects suitable for low carbon investment aligned with our city region strategic ambitions which, in turn, can enable our local economy to seize opportunities and implement projects that will deliver investment, jobs and local growth.”

The Local Energy Hub is expected to commence in April 2018. The appointment of the Liverpool City Region LEP as lead for the Local Energy Hub and associated funding are subject to Government approval.

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