Scheme encourages landlords to up game

Landlord accreditation scheme'The first Scarborough landlords to be accredted by Scarborough Borough Council get theri certificate,from left,Hilary Robinson,SBC Private Sector Link Manager,David and Elixabeth Lumley and Antony Wood,SBC Enviromental Health officer'Picture by Neil Silk  124017'03/10/12
Landlord accreditation scheme'The first Scarborough landlords to be accredted by Scarborough Borough Council get theri certificate,from left,Hilary Robinson,SBC Private Sector Link Manager,David and Elixabeth Lumley and Antony Wood,SBC Enviromental Health officer'Picture by Neil Silk 124017'03/10/12
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The standard of private rented accommodation in Scarborough is set to rise following the launch of a new initiative by the town’s local authority.

In a bid improve conditions Scarborough Council has launched The Landlord Accrediation Scheme.

The scheme is open to any landlord in the borough, whether they own a single property, or have a portfolio of hundreds.

Those who seek accreditation have to be compliant with a number of criteria including fire safety.

The council’s Private Sector Link Officer, Hilary Robinson, said the idea of the new scheme is to recognise those landlords who provided a good service in the borough, while encouraging others to raise their game.

She said: “We are fortunate to have many good landlords in this area, whose accommodation is of a high standard.

“The accreditation scheme recognises the effort they put in to maintaining that standard.

“It also allows consumers to enter into a tenancy agreement with the confidence that an accredited property will have been inspected by us, is of a good standard, and is owned by a respectable landlord who cares about the wellbeing of their tenants.

“For those properties that are not up to scratch, we hope the accreditation scheme will act as a catalyst for improvement and encourage the landlords of those properties to up their game.”

As well as reaping the reputation benefits that come with being recognised as a good landlord, the council says the scheme gives accredited landlords material benefits too.

They include the option of being able to improve access to council services; access to the Empty Property Matching Service; free consultation and access to council professionals who specialise in legislation and policy which may affect landlords.

Landlords will also benefit from reduced licensing fees; free access to training events throughout the year; and a free copy of the Accreditation Network UK guide, The Landlord Handbook.

A number of landlords have already signed up to the scheme. The first were David and Elizabeth Lumley.

The council is inviting landlords who are interested in becoming part of the accreditation scheme to call (01723) 383541 for further information.