Buy-to-let landlords in Northern Ireland can now obtain recognition for their ongoing commitment to professionalism and training. This comes as the Chartered Institute of Housing, in conjunction with the Department for Communities, launched a brand new scheme, aimed at enhancing the Private Rental Sector in the country.
The new scheme, entitled, ‘Learning 2 Let,’ is a programme offering all registered private landlords and property professionals in Northern Ireland the chance to gain CIH’s Level 2 Award in Letting and Managing Residential Property at a cut rate. This is a result of bursary support received from the Department for Communities.
Paul Given, Minister for Communities, said, ‘I am delighted to be officially launching the Learning 2 Let programme, which the Department for Communities has committed bursary support to over the next three years.’
‘Private rented accommodation is an important and growing sector in Northern Ireland and while much of the accommodation is very good, this programme aims to assist in making the private rented sector a better place to live more generally, by promoting professional standards in both the management of accommodation and delivery of quality services to tenants in Northern Ireland, he continued.
Given continued by saying, ‘Learning 2 Let offers all registered private landlords and letting agents in Northern Ireland the chance to get this fully accredited CIH qualification at a cost of just £100, so getting qualified has never been easier.’
During the next three years, the programme will be available in different locations around Northern Ireland.
CIH director for Northern Ireland Nicola McCrudden, said, ‘we are delighted to be rolling out the Learning 2 Let programme right across Northern Ireland over the next three years. The funding which the Department for Communities has committed to this programme means that not only can we help private landlords and letting agents to gain a recognised industry qualification at a minimal cost to them, but we can also make private rented accommodation a better option for everyone.’