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Landlords accreditation scheme launched

Date: 15/12/2008           Category: Housing and Homelessness

Good landlords who look after their tenants may soon be formally recognised by an accreditation scheme. Medway Council’s Housing Team is looking to improve standards in the private housing sector by working with landlords, tenants’ groups, the Universities at Medway campus and landlords’ associations. The new accreditation scheme will operate in similar way to Medway Trading Standards’ Fair Trader Scheme, which offers residents peace of mind when choosing a private contractor. The new housing accreditation scheme would give tenants the chance to find reputable landlords and letting agents when looking for somewhere new to live. Letting agents and landlords are now being asked for their input to help get the scheme off the ground. They’re being asked to take part in a consultation and shape the scheme’s criteria by visiting www.medway.gov.uk/landlordconsultation The deadline is Tuesday, 23 December. Medway Council’s Private Sector Housing Manager Susan Pledger said: “We want to work with landlords to ensure people living in Medway are provided with good quality and safe housing. We want to work with letting agents and landlords to ensure high standards are met. “We are working with the National Landlords’ Association to get landlords in Medway signed up to an accreditation scheme that will give prospective tenants peace of mind when looking for a new landlord and ensure that landlords and letting agents abide by a code of practice to maintain high standards in the housing market. “The accreditation scheme will recognise good landlords and agents who have the necessary skills and knowledge to satisfactorily manage their properties. Find out more by phoning the Private Sector Housing Team on 01634 333066, writing to the team at Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent. ME4 4TR or emailing privatesectorhousing@medway.gov.uk Visit www.medway.gov.uk/landlordconsultation for details of the accreditation scheme.