Rogue landlords targeted through NLA scheme

The Scheme was launched by the NLA in April 2010 and is free to local authorities.  It is also recognised by all local authorities in Wales.

More than 85% of landlords who have completed the Scheme to date have described it as "excellent".

NLA Chairman David Salusbury said: "The NLA Accreditation Scheme provides local government with a valuable vehicle to raise standards within the private-rented sector and local authorities are now waking up to its potential.

"The NLA Scheme provides landlords with a clear way of demonstrating that they are professional by understanding their obligations, as well as the extensive legislation governing the letting of private residential property. 

"The fact landlords can become accredited through the NLA’s Scheme without cost to the public purse is an obvious benefit.

"We’re very pleased with the feedback from participating landlords; with 85% of those completing the scheme describing it as ‘excellent’. These individual landlords will now be able to promote that fact that they are accredited by the NLA."

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  1. Sharon Crossland AIRPM

    I am a firm supporter of accreditation but I have to wonder just how many years we are to wait for everyone involved in renting property to gain it, whether through the NLA or via another accreditation scheme.

    Whilst local authorities appear to be working with the NLA in this area they are not so hot on selective licencing because it’s my understanding that it iis only used by around 14 local authorites out of around 300 and most of the areas where landlords are able to be managed more effectively are in HMO’s rather than individual properties and flats.

    We have a number of tenants on our block that have landlords raking in benefits but failing to adhere to landlord and tenant law, health and safety requirements and EPC’s. They have no accreditation and their letting agents do not belong to ARLA, displaying some of the worst practices I have ever seen. And don’t get me started on anti-social behaviour, of which far too many landlords seem to think that dealing with it is nothing to do with them, despite the fact that it is they that have the contract with the tenant, not block management.

    If the NLA are serious about stamping out these rogues (and it’s not the word I use to describe them) then far more needs to be done in the areas of visibility and effective communications because management structure of a block of flats at any one time can look something like this:

    The freehold landlord (who may or may not be registered on the Land Registry) uses a managing agent sourced from an unlicensed and unregulated sector. This freeholder may also use a letting agent who has branched out into leasehold management – sourced from an unlicensed and unregulated sector;
    A Resident Management Company/Right to Manage Company using the services of a managing agent which again may be a letting agent who has branched out into leasehold management – sourced from an unlicenced and unregulated sector;
    A leasehold BTL landlord who hands over the management of the flat(s) to a letting agent – sourced from an unlicensed and unregulated sector;
    A leasehold BTL landlord who has signed a contract with the local authority, giving up his property to them under their Private Sector Leasing Schemes. They in turn use managing/letting agents from the private sector – sourced from unlicenced and unregulated sectors. These agents often fail to carry out the required checks and balances which the council relies upon.

    You see where I am going with this?

    Kind Regards

    Sharon

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