A new compulsory licensing scheme for private landlords has been approved in Liverpool.
It will give councillors more powers to control housing standards and landlords will face greater legal pressure to solve problems like damp or missing smoke alarms.
The scheme, which replaces one which expired in 2020, targets 16 wards in the city.
The Landlord Licensing scheme will come into effect on 1st April 2022, and will run for 5 years.
The council said it would give the local authority additional powers to drive up standards and keep tenants safe by tackling issues including fire and electrical safety hazards, and excess cold.
The areas below are covered by the scheme and all private rented properties within these areas will be expected to get a licence.
Credit: Liverpool City Council
More details on the fee for landlords will be revealed in the near future.