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WHO CAN BECOME AN ACCREDITED LANDLORD?

This is a voluntary scheme available to any private landlord who owns and rents out properties in the North area, whether they are locally based or not.

It does not include Council owned properties or those owned by Registered Social Landlords (Housing Associations).

Staffordshire University and Keele University require that any private sector landlords wishing to advertise their vacant properties via the Studentpad, have to be a member of the Landlord Accreditation Scheme North Staffordshire.

THE BENEFITS OF BECOMING AN ACCREDITED LANDLORD

  • Recognition that you are a landlord providing a good standard of accommodation.
  • Access to information and advice at a half day Landlord Development seminar.
  • Market advantage when letting a property.
  • Free advertisement and promotion of your vacant properties on the Scheme’s website: landlordaccreditation.co.uk
  • Discounted landlord training events.
  • Access to discounts from local participating companies.
  • Improved access to other local authority departments and services, for instance, Housing Benefits, Empty Homes Team, Grants.
  • Co-operation, support and advice from the Scheme Operators on all aspects of private renting.
  • Provision of a certificate to promote and provide proof of your membership to the Scheme.
  • Periodic inspections of properties registered with the scheme to offer advice on standards and ensure that they meet the Scheme requirements.
  • Quarterly newsletter
  • Empty Property Matching Service

HOW DO LANDLORDS BECOME ACCREDITED?

Firstly, landlords need to read the 'Introduction to the Scheme' booklet so they understand what it's about. To participate in the Scheme, landlords must supply the following:

  • A completed and signed Application Form.
  • Details of all the properties they rent out within the two participating local authority areas.
  • A copy of the current Gas Safety Certificate(s) for all the properties listed on the Property Register (where applicable).
  • Payment of a fee of £70 for two years membership, and
  • Attend a half day Landlord Development seminar within the membership period.

Accreditation will be given where a landlord meets the criteria of the Scheme. This will involve ensuring, as far as reasonably possible, that the landlord is responsible, competent and suitable to be a member of the Scheme. Successful applicants' details will be held on a register and updated periodically by the Scheme Operators.

The name of Accredited Landlords will be publicly available on the scheme website to raise the profile of the Scheme to prospective tenants.

Application Pack Contents can be downloaded from the downloads page

If you would like an application pack sent to you, please the contact us at the Landlord Accreditation Team on (01782) 232271 or email us at mail@landlordaccreditation.co.uk

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