Steve Rotheram is the new metro mayor of Liverpool.

So what are Mr Rotheram’s plans for the region? It’s obviously ‘early doors’ into his role as metro mayor, in this article Inside Housing talked with him to find out more.

He is upfront about the challenge to improve the quality of housing, particularly in the private rented sector. “There’s no doubt we have problems with stock. We’ve got absentee landlords, and areas are blighted by private landlords who have bought up housing when the market was at rock bottom and who are sitting on the properties.”

This is a fascinating interview, covering off some of key issues in the region, well worth hearing about his views.