An important scheme has been launched in Dover District to encourage, acknowledge and promote good standards of privately rented accommodation, and to help support tenants and landlords for the future of the district.
The Kent Landlord Accreditation Scheme offers benefits to both landlords and tenants. Landlords can gain the recognition for being a good landlord, and are also offered a regularly updated reference manual and discounted materials and services. Tenants can benefit from knowing that if they rent from an accredited landlord, the property will be in a good condition and the tenancy will be managed to a good standard.
Dover District Council joined the Kent Landlord Accreditation Scheme in May this year. The first accreditation course has been held, run by experienced landlords, and was attended by 19 landlords. This offers landlords the opportunity to learn about how to operate a successful business and how to provide their tenants with safe and high quality accommodation. Those who join the scheme and continue to abide by the standards set are 'accredited' and recognised across Kent as good landlords.
Along with attending an accreditation course, landlords on the scheme must agree to follow a code of conduct that requires landlords to comply with the law and to carry out works promptly. Landlords are also required to keep up-to-date with changes in the law.
Cllr Fredrick Scales, DDC Cabinet Member for Economy said: "The Kent Landlord Accreditation Scheme is a great way for tenants to have confidence that their landlord is both professional and reputable. This recognition helps accredited landlords attract tenants, as well as helping to continue to develop the knowledge to be good landlord."
For more information on the scheme, contact Private Sector Housing at DDC on 01304 872219, or visit www.kentlas.org.uk.