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Landlord Accreditation Scheme Protecting Tenants from Rogues

Published On: May 8, 2017 at 8:18 am


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A new landlord accreditation scheme is protecting private tenants from rogue operators in the private rental sector.

Over the past six months, 51 landlords have completed the training and accreditation scheme in North Somerset, which aims to protect good tenants and enable the local authority to effectively target rogue landlords across the district.

Landlord Accreditation Scheme Protecting Tenants from Rogues

Landlord Accreditation Scheme Protecting Tenants from Rogues

Since the first National Landlords Code of Excellence (NLCE UK) training day took place in November 2016, over 60 landlords and letting agents around the country have joined the scheme, with ten more becoming accredited just last week, bringing the total number of accredited members to 56.

The NLCE UK has already accredited more than 1,236 private rental properties, represented by the 56 accredited landlords.

This is broken down by several areas:

  • North Somerset: 1,091 properties
  • Bristol: 85 properties
  • South Yorkshire: 52 properties
  • Dorset: Two properties
  • Hampshire: Six properties

The landlord accreditation scheme allows tenants to report property maintenance/repair issues, as well as anti-social behaviour problems within their communities. Primarily, this ensures that the criteria for the Deregulation Act 2015 is met, as well as preventing bogus claims from tenants, such as that they have reported a repair and the landlord has not responded, and vice versa.

Over 20 complaints from private tenants in North Somerset have already been reported through the NLCE UK portal, about landlords unknown to the organisation. This has given these landlords the chance to deal with the problems before they escalate to the council. The most recent case prevented an unprotected tenancy deposit dispute going to court.

Those that attended the NLCE UK’s one-day course on 26th April 2017 were able to learn more about housing private tenants and complying with legislation in the private rental sector.

Sam Jackson, the Director of the NLCE UK and an experienced buy-to-let landlord, comments: “At the NLCE, we are currently working with North Somerset Council on a weekly basis. I still get asked a lot: ‘Why should I join, if my property is already licensed?’ The accreditation day in its own right is worth joining the scheme, after attending the training day, one landlord said: ‘After 17 years of being a landlord, I thought I realised what was needed. After seven pages of notes, I realised how much I didn’t know.’

“The training day is a great opportunity to network and learn how to save thousands of pounds, run by a professional trainer who also trains landlords for the National Landlords Association.”

The NLCE UK was set up in response to North Somerset Council’s plans to introduce a selective licensing scheme in Weston-super-Mare town centre last year.

NLA provides new accreditation scheme

Published On: June 26, 2015 at 11:50 am


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The National Landlords Association has moved to launch a fresh initiative, which will allow tenants to check if their landlord is formally accredited.

Newly founded feature, the National Register of Accredited Landlords, or simply, ‘The Register’ will provide a quick and easy service for tenants to check the accreditation status of their landlord. The Register is available for every accredited landlord and accreditation scheme.


Aiming to raise the profile of accreditation and commend those who perform practice, The Register looks to improve standards in the sector through education and development.

At present, the NLA works with in excess of 65 local councils and 5 universities in England, with the scheme being recognised another 50 local authorities. The Register supports the NLA’s wish that all members are to become accredited by the end of the 2020.

‘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,’ said Richard Lambert, Chief Executive of the NLA. He went on to say, ‘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.’[1]

NLA provides new accreditation scheme

NLA provides new accreditation scheme

‘Unfairly tarred’

Mr Lambert also believes that, ‘too often the landlord community is unfairly tarred with the brush of legality or incompetence shown by just a minority of the industry, which isn’t an accurate picture of private renting.’ He said that the NLA, ‘want accredited landlords to put their details on our new Register so they can set themselves apart and for tenants to have a quick and easy look-up for peace of mind that they can rely on their landlord.’[1]

The National Landlords Association has already written to existing accreditation schemes, asking for them to support The Register by saying that they will verify landlords who register as members of their schemes.

[1] Landlord & Buy-to-let ,’Association makes it easier for tenants to check landlords