Council to raise standards in private housing sectorStuart | YLF
MK Council is set to ask local landlords of rental properties to join an accreditation scheme to improve standards and deliver better homes for tenants.
The Council has teamed up with the National Landlords Resident Association (NRLA) on the scheme, which will offer landlords 12 months of free membership of the NRLA, as well as high quality training, and access to low-cost products to protect people’s deposits among other benefits.
By helping local landlords, the Council aims to improve housing conditions for private tenants.
With over 90,000 members, the NRLA represents the interests of landlords in the private rented sector across England and Wales. Membership includes day-to-day support, expert advice, access to template documents, webinars and other support to become better landlords.
Cabinet is due to consider the proposals at a meeting on 14 December. If approved, the Council will be hosting an event for private landlords early next year.
Council Leader Cllr Pete Marland said: “It’s important landlords understand their duties. We want everyone to be able to live in safe and warm homes which are well maintained in line with national regulations. Our accreditation scheme will give landlords guidance and assurance that they’re complying with the right standards so they can provide a better home for their tenants.”
Milton Keynes Council recently launched its Assured Shorthold Tenancy scheme where landlords can qualify for a large cash incentive from the Council on top of rent received by offering a family a home for a longer period, which will help the Council reduce the number of people in temporary accommodation. The scheme also offers landlords additional benefits such as rent in advance, deposits, property inspections, and dedicated support.