by Rachel Crook
Local accreditation schemes may be one of the best things for landlords to join if they want to make sure they are taking adequate care of their properties and meeting all the terms of their tenancy agreements, it has been claimed.
Doing this may prevent local authorities from going down the criminal procedure route if there is ever a problem with the home as it is more likely to be resolved informally, the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) says.
Neil Marsden, environmental health consultant at the RLA, said there often "tangible or intangible benefits" from joining a landlord accreditation scheme.
He also highlighted that property owners who wish to rent out a house will need to comply with certain requirements and self-certify the property, which local authorities may want to look at.
The National Landlords Association recently encouraged landlords to make sure that they are prepared for winter by checking their properties for frozen pipes and leaks.
Published on: November 27, 2008