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Landlord Accreditation Scheme

Coronavirus: Landlords and Renters

The government has brought forward a package of measures to protect renters affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). With these in force, no renter in either social or private accommodation will be forced out of their home.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/government-support-available-for-landlords-and-renters-reflecting-the-current-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

  • From 26 March 2020 landlords will have to give all renters 3 months’ notice if they intend to seek possession. This means the landlord can’t apply to start the court process until after this period.
  • From 27 March 2020 the court service will suspend all ongoing housing possession action. This means that neither cases currently in the system nor any about to go in the system can progress to the stage where someone could be evicted.
  • Tenants are still liable for their rent and should pay this as usual. If they face financial hardship and struggle to pay this, support is available and we would encourage tenants and landlords to work together to put in place a rent payment scheme.
  • Landlords will also be protected by a 3 month mortgage payment holiday where they have a Buy to Let mortgages.
  • Landlords remain legally obligated to ensure properties meet the required standard – urgent, essential health and safety repairs should be made. An agreement for non-urgent repairs to be done later should be made between tenants and landlords. Local authorities are also encouraged to take a pragmatic, risk-based approach to enforcement.

What is accreditation?

Landlord accreditations schemes are voluntary schemes that landlords can join. All private sector landlords who own residential properties for rent in England and Wales can apply for the accreditation.

The main benefit of the accreditation is that landlords are able to Advertise to future tenants that you are accredited and therefore you adhere to a high standard of property standards and tenancy management.

Where to get accredited?

To raise housing standards in the borough, we encourage all landlords to become accredited. East Staffordshire Borough Council does not have an accreditation scheme, but there are some schemes landlords can join:

National Landlords Association Accreditation Scheme

Midland Landlord Accreditation Scheme

Residential Landlords Accreditation Scheme

Dash Services

East Midlands Landlord Accreditation Scheme

Certain schemes have also set up deals with local advertisers, so that accredited landlords can market themselves as a responsible landlord.

East Staffordshire Borough Council also provide regular landlord forums which include training and advice to assist landlords in meeting their legal obligations. Further information on landlord’s forums is available on the landlords forum page.