22 Apr

New landlord scheme launched

New landlord scheme launched

A new initiative has been launched to help ensure better security for tenants.

The National Landlords Association (NLA) is encouraging more landlords to become accredited so potential tenants can assure they are renting a property from someone who is committed to best practice.

It is hoped the National Register of Accredited Landlords will improve standards and offer tenants more security when they look at a new home.

The NLA scheme is currently used by more than 60 councils and a number of universities across England and the association is calling on all of its members to sign up by 2020.

NLA chief executive officer Richard Lambert explained: "Accreditation is a badge of knowledge and competence that landlords should shout about. We should be encouraging tenants to check their prospective landlord and find out whether they have reached accredited status."

"There's more pressure on improving standards in the private rented sector than ever before and we're trying to lead the way for landlords to become accredited, which is a huge challenge because currently there’s no fundamental need to do so."

He added the rental sector has been unfairly damaged by a small minority of landlords and it is hoped the register will help to ensure better service and reassure tenants.

The NLA has contacted all other accreditation schemes to ask them to support the register and encourage members to sign up.

In the run-up to next month's General Election, the NLA has also called on the main parties to look at ways of renewing tax relief on eco-friendly property improvements to help improve the quality of the UK housing stock.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801784553-ADNFCR

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