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Private Housing Landlord Accreditation

Comment 5th August 2010

This idea is important because, in reality, there is no one for a tenant to turn to (as renting officers are no longer employed by the councils) get help and support, there is no one to mediate in a dispute and unscrupulous landlords abuse vulnerable tenants, also this mediation would also advise tenants if they are being unreasonable with their requests.

This would dramatically reduce the stress levels from all sides and reduce the need for legal action, saving court time, costs for state, landlord and tenant and could be satisfied very quickly and amicably.

It would also mean a simple rating system for a landlord, those with bad reputations would struggle to rent the property, this would then mean they have to bring the standard of their service up to meet minimum requirements and houses would be looked after better and tenants would happier, stay longer and provide more income for the accredited landlord.

 


There are many more benefits for both sides and I see no draw backs as tenants would feel supported as citizens advice bureaus are found wanting and landlords would also feel they are supported from tenants who are seen as unreasonable.

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I suggest all private housing landlords should be accredited and have to meet certain standards, have to be registered with the local council and all their properties can be vetted and registered. If this was a legal requirement then most reasonable landlords would be pleased to be recognised and those who object are probably the landlords who should be monitored or do not want to be looked at for some reason.

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This idea is important because, in reality, there is no one for a tenant to turn to (as renting officers are no longer employed by the councils) get help and support, there is no one to mediate in a dispute and unscrupulous landlords abuse vulnerable tenants, also this mediation would also advise tenants if they are being unreasonable with their requests.

This would dramatically reduce the stress levels from all sides and reduce the need for legal action, saving court time, costs for state, landlord and tenant and could be satisfied very quickly and amicably.

It would also mean a simple rating system for a landlord, those with bad reputations would struggle to rent the property, this would then mean they have to bring the standard of their service up to meet minimum requirements and houses would be looked after better and tenants would happier, stay longer and provide more income for the accredited landlord.

 

There are many more benefits for both sides and I see no draw backs as tenants would feel supported as citizens advice bureaus are found wanting and landlords would also feel they are supported from tenants who are seen as unreasonable.

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