This scheme aims to improve and maintain standards across the Royal Borough’s private rented sector. There are several advantages to joining this scheme:
- in-depth training on housing law
- guidance on how to comply with the law and changes in legislation
- details about the availability of grants for repairs, improvement, energy efficiency and bringing empty properties back into use
- ability to use the accreditation logo on letters and correspondence
- access to the rent deposit scheme
There are two key stages of the accreditation process:
- The landlord attends a one-day development course. Topics could include landlord-tenant law, preliminary requirements, how to prevent problems occurring during a tenancy and information on housing benefits.
- The landlord must agree to adhere to the Landlord Accreditation Scheme code of conduct. This is a simple process to follow and simply sets out in general terms what is expected of a competent and conscientious landlord.
In addition, a landlord should have no prosecution or similar action against them for breaches of certain requirements, including harassment, racial discrimination or offences concerning property conditions.
What happens next?
For more information, please contact the Environmental Health Housing Team on 020 7361 3002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.