Landlords 'should get accreditation'

by Sarah Ashcroft

Property owners have been urged to gain accreditation in a bid to ensure that they are meeting all the necessary legal requirements when letting out homes or offices.

Labour MP Alison Seabeck told the Plymouth Herald that getting a licence would help proprietors maintain a healthy relationship with their tenants - something that can often be tough.

The politician noted that being a landlord is often a difficult job and it is sometimes tricky to keep on top of ever-changing regulations and measures.

Her comments were made after figures released by the South West Landlord Association (SWLA) revealed tthat he body has attracted a record number of property owners in 2012, as well as significant local authority training contracts.

The organisation's year-end statistics show that it now provides services for 602 landlords, which is a 12 per cent increase on the 73 recorded last year.

In addition, the SWLA stated that it is receiving a high number of applications from residential proprietors who are hoping to benefit from signing up with an official body.

By joining the organisation, property owners are able to benefit from two new accredited courses that have been adopted by Plymouth City and Teignbridge District Councils - using SWLA methods to ensure that private landlords operate to high standards.

When they become accredited, proprietors have licensable houses in multiple locations and the benefit of a £60 discount from each licence fee.

Ian Maitland, vice-chair of the SWLA said joining the organisation benefits "everyone" in the lettings market, but acknowledged that growth in the sector may have stalled as people continue to tighten their purse strings.

He added: "Tenants know they are renting from an accredited landlord and landlords are able to keep up-to-date with changes in the law and learn from best practice.

"That's why two councils use and recommend our services. Rogue landlords and nightmare tenants are the last thing anyone needs in this tough economic climate."ADNFCR-1645-ID-801487881-ADNFCR

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Published on: November 14, 2012

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