Private renting is becoming more and more popular. The council is putting together a list of accredited landlords and tenants. The scheme will be able to refer good tenants to good landlords and the other way round. This in turn will help to reduce the level of homelessness in the area.
For a full list of accredited landlords see the list below:
Details of the scheme can be viewed below:
The scheme aims to encourage and promote good standards of privately rented accommodation. It also seeks to ensure that landlords and tenants are aware of their responsibilities to each other. The scheme applies to the private rented sector.
The scheme requires that the following are fair and reasonable:
- Condition of the properties
- The level of provision of basic amenities
- Management practices
Those who sign up to the scheme must ensure that they comply with their legal duty in respect of the health and safety rights of their tenants.
Compliance with the scheme will ensure that:
- Landlords, tenants and the general public enjoy the benefits of good property conditions, competent management standards and considerate neighbourly behaviour
- Misunderstandings and disputes are reduced
- Where problems do occur they are promptly resolved
How the scheme operates
On application, landlords will:
- Provide the council with a list of properties owned or managed by them. These will be held in confidence
- Provide access to properties for the council to carry out inspections
- Ensure that properties are free of Category 1 hazards in accordance with the Housing Act 2004
- Ensure that all their properties meet the requirements of the scheme. Alternatively bring them up to the required standard within a period agreed by the council. Tenants must be informed of this arrangement
- Be committed to partnership working
For more information we have compiled the most frequently asked questions and answers to help you.