Landlord accreditation scheme

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A INITIATIVE which promotes good standards in private sector rented accommodation has been launched by Scarborough Borough Council.

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

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 and 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.”

Benefits of joining the scheme include the option of being able 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; reduced licensing fees; free access to training events throughout the year; and a free copy of the Accreditation Network UK guide, The Landlord Handbook. The council is inviting landlords who are interested in becoming part of the accreditation scheme to call 01723 383541 for further information.