North Tyneside Council has partnered with a leading landlord accreditation scheme to bring professional practice to the private rental sector in the area.
The partnership between North Tyneside Council and the National Landlords Association (NLA) is the first of its kind between a local council and landlord accreditation scheme.
North Tyneside Council is encouraging local landlords to sign up as members to the NLA and become accredited.
Local Council is the First to Partner with Landlord Accreditation Scheme
The council approached the NLA to develop the scheme, in order to give landlords additional support and help to raise the standards of private rental housing in the borough.
The partnership means that landlords who sign up to the NLA and become accredited will receive a package of benefits and incentives from the council, worth up to £300 per year. This includes:
- Discounts on House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) and discretionary licences.
- Access to commercial waste disposal facilities.
- Free tenant checks and referencing.
Landlords will also be able to take advantage of the extensive range of membership benefits available from the NLA, including:
- Access to its telephone advice line.
- Best practice tenancy agreements, forms and letters.
- Bi-monthly subscription to UK Landlord, the landlord accreditation scheme magazine.
The Chief Executive of the NLA, Richard Lambert, says: “The NLA is leading the way in establishing working relationships between landlords and local authorities that are willing to work in collaboration to improve standards in the private rented sector.
“This unique partnership with North Tyneside Council represents a major step forward, and we hope it will serve as a blueprint for how the NLA can work with other councils across England in the future.”
He continues: “NLA Accreditation is a national scheme which offers greater consistency for all landlords, tenants and councils to recognise, and it’s the best way to maintain a profitable and successful lettings business.
“We’re delighted that North Tyneside Council is working with us to open up a whole raft of benefits, as well as educational and developmental resources that will work to ensure a more professional sector – not just for renters, but for everyone involved.”
Norma Redfearn, the elected Mayor of North Tyneside, also comments: “This is a great new partnership that will give landlords the opportunity to continue their professional development and gain accreditation, while also supporting our aim of raising the standard of private rented accommodation in North Tyneside.”
Landlords with properties in North Tyneside will have the opportunity to find out more about the landlord accreditation scheme at a forum on Thursday 6th April, from 6pm-7.45pm, at North Tyneside Council’s offices, Quadrant East.
The NLA is also waiving its joining fee (£14) for landlords in North Tyneside.