New accreditation scheme protecting private tenants from rogue landlords

New accreditation scheme protecting private tenants from rogue landlords

Over the last 6 months 51 landlords have completed an unprecedented training and accreditation scheme in North Somerset, which they believe will protect good tenants and enable their local authority to effectively target ‘rogue’ landlords across the district.

Since the first National Landlords Code of Excellence (NLCE UK) training day took place in November 2016 over 60 landlords and letting agents across the country have joined the scheme, with 10 more becoming accredited last week bringing the total amount of accredited members to 56.

The NLCE UK have already accredited over 1,339 privately rented properties represented in total out of 56 accredited landlords;
Area breakdown:
– North Somerset: 1,194 properties represented.
– Bristol: 85 properties represented.
– South Yorkshire: 52 properties represented.
– Dorset: 2 properties represented.
– Hampshire: 6 properties represented.

 

The proactive scheme allows tenants to report property maintenance/repair issues as well as anti social behaviour problems within their residential community. Primarily this ensures that the criteria for the Deregulation Act 2015 is met, as well as stopping spurious claims from tenants; that they have reported a repair and the landlord has not responded and vice versa.

More than 20 complaints from private tenants in North Somerset have already been reported through the NLCE portal, about landlords unknown to the NLCE. This has given these landlords a chance to deal with the problems before they escalate to the Council, the most recent case preventing an unprotected deposit dispute escalating to court.

Those that attended the one day course on April 26th 2017 were able to learn more about housing tenants and complying with legislation in the private rented sector, delivered by a veteran landlord trainer.

Sam Jackson, NLCE Director and experienced BTL Landlord, said:

‘At the NLCE, we are currently working with North Somerset Council on a weekly basis. I still get asked alot “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 7 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.

Please visit Stand 79 at the upcoming South West’s Biggest Landlord Expo, taking place on Thursday 25 May from 12.00 till 7.00 pm, at the West of England Exhibition and Conference Centre (UWE Bristol). NLCE representatives will be on hand to answer any questions or queries you may have about the scheme.’

The code was set up in response to NSC’s plans to introduce a selective licensing scheme in Weston-super-Mare town centre last year. Read the full story here: Landlord group stops local authority going ahead with Selective Licensing
Those interested in attending the next NLCE training day should sign up here: http://ow.ly/TuXP30bsqeL

 

Author: News @ Tenant Referencing

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