Council launches England's first regional 'accredited landlords' register
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Housing
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Bournemouth Council has become the first local authority in England to launch a regional 'accredited landlords' register.
Trusted and reputable landlords from across Dorset will soon be able to sign up to the new scheme.
The council is working with a number of national landlord organisations on the register, which will be made available for local residents to view.
Landlords will have to meet certain requirements to become registered, including signing up to a code of conduct as well as taking part in regular professional development.
Those that sign up will profit by being publicised on the register.
Other benefits will include discounted HMO (Houses in Multiple Occupation) licence fees, access to grants for free insulation and priority with a new housing benefit system.
Poole, Christchurch, East Dorset and Purbeck councils have also signed up to Bournemouth's scheme and a register of accredited landlords for the area will be listed on each of the local authority’s websites.
Councillor Robert Lawton, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “We’re committed to raising the standard of accommodation in the private rented sector and the new Dorset Register aims to work with local landlords to encourage as many as possible to sign up to the scheme. Working closely with the accreditation bodies we can ensure that landlords are fully aware of their legal requirements and ensure that properties are well managed. This will free up more time for the Council to focus its efforts on tackling problem properties.”
The council is working with the National Landlords Association, Residential Landlords Association Accreditation Scheme and the National Landlord Accreditation Scheme.
Once a landlord is accredited with one of the three accredited bodies they will able to apply to be included on the Dorset register.
In a joint statement, the three accreditation bodies said: “We are extremely pleased to join Bournemouth Council in establishing this new Dorset-wide landlord register to help promote improvements to the private rented sector. The register will make it very easy for local residents to view a list of trusted and professional landlords who provide good quality and well managed accommodation in Dorset.”