Landlords in Cumbria have been asked to offer their opinions on a proposed new scheme that would see them have to secure accreditation before renting out properties.
Eden Council is keen to implement a ruling across the county that would involve authenticating landlords under one scheme, rather than the numerous regulations in place at the moment, including Eden's own Landlord Accreditation Scheme, reports the News & Star.
Councillor Lesley Grisedale, housing portfolio holder at the council, said that landlords are extremely important in the area and many are reliable when it comes to providing tenants with high-quality places to live.
"We are seeking to develop a scheme with the other district councils that will retain many of the benefits of the existing local schemes; for instance, in Eden this includes grants for fire precaution works and insulating properties," she stated.
The councillor went on to explain that the support of the National Landlords Association (NLA) would be of tremendous value as it can offer features such as regular legal updates and membership packages designed for every type of landlord.
Ruth Rowntree, a local representative of the NLA, added: "Accreditation of landlords has been a feature of the private rented sector for more than 15 years. It's the certification that a product or service has been evaluated independently and meets an agreed standard."
Local landlord Jonty Rostron said that it's a great idea to join the NLA's proposed movement, as being part of an accredited group is always a positive for anyone looking to rent out a home.
Ms Rowntree explained that the NLA is delighted that Cumbria has elected to roll out its accreditation scheme through six different authorities. This could help to boost the standard of housing available in the county.
Landlords who have already been accredited are advised to complete a questionnaire on the issue by contacting the council, while other property owners and local residents will have their chance to give feedback from November 30th.
Published on: November 21, 2013