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									                                          TGSE Private Housing Sub Group
                                           Landlord Accreditation Project
Background
       To identify, analyse and agree a self–regulation TGSE landlord accreditation model.
       To compliment the Sub–Region’s two key functions in their relationship with the private rental Sector
I.      strategic enabling role
II.     regulatory function
       Project Agreed 27.11.08 by core housing strategy group.

Links
         TGSE Regional Housing Strategy (2008-11) - Investing in the Housing Stock
I.        Increasing the supply of high quality housing
II.       Contribute to the renewal of the current private housing stock

Stage 1
             To determine the local context from which an accreditation scheme will be based.
             To explore activity in other regions.
             Evaluation and recommendations.
             Risks.
             To consult with landlords and agents, in exploring options.
             To agree a Sub-Regional Landlord Accreditation Scheme.
          What is Landlord Accreditation?

• Accreditation recognises and promotes good standards of property management
• Accreditation is supported by the Government, national landlords associations,
local authorities, shelter, the national union of students and the chartered institute
of Environmental health amongst others
• The Accreditation Network UK (ANUK) is the national body promoting
accreditation and provides support and resources for those wishing to develop a
scheme.
• The majority of schemes accredit either properties, or landlords or a mixture of
both through meeting agreed standards.
• In return most schemes offer landlords incentives such as training, access to
local authority services or discounts for goods and services.
       What is Landlord Accreditation?

• The Government is proposing a national register of landlords.
• Accreditation Schemes will work alongside the register to provide
the vehicle for increasing professionalism and providing
encouragement for those aspiring to higher standards.
• In a survey on accreditation carried out by LACORS, 76.4% of
schemes accredited properties, 58.3% accredited landlords and
34.7% accredited letting/managing agents.
• 97% of schemes operate a code of standards
          Case Studies
• The East Midlands Landlord Accreditation Scheme (EMLAS) is a
comprehensive model which accredits landlords and properties.
• It is more resource intensive than the other models studied.
• The London Landlord Accreditation Scheme (LLAS) accredits landlords
only, through the provision of training and events.
• LLAS can provide a ready made scheme for TGSE based on either
‘full’ or ‘affiliate’ membership.
• In the case of ‘full’ membership, LLAS will manage the scheme on
TGSE’s behalf.
• In the case of ‘affiliate’ membership, they will provide the tools and
resources for TGSE to set up and launch their own scheme based on
the LLAS model.
     Case studies
• The Wales Landlord Accreditation Scheme was developed
on an ‘affiliate’ membership basis.
• The Greater Norwich Landlord Accreditation Scheme is
managed on a partnership basis by the Eastern Landlords
Association (ELA) on behalf of the member authorities.
• The scheme accredits landlords by inspecting properties to
ensure they meet set standards
        Costs
• To set up a stand alone scheme would take around six months to a
year to set up and would cost in the region of £30,000 -40,000
• To operate a stand alone scheme would cost between £60,000-
£100,000 per annum
• The cost for ‘full’ membership of LLAS is £2500 per year per
authority
• The cost for ‘affiliate’ membership of LLAS is a one off payment of
£1000 per authority
        Risks

• The biggest risk to the development of a successful scheme is lack
of commitment and resources from the authorities involved.
• Without a demonstrable commitment from the authorities,
landlords will be reluctant to become involved.
• Any scheme must offer tangible benefits for landlords to make
accreditation attractive.
• A scheme must continuously strive to develop and improve to
ensure its continued relevance.
• A successful scheme will ensure its credibility by enforcing the
terms of its code of conduct and taking action against those who do
not meet their responsibilities.
       Other Issues

• Letting/Managing agents dominate a large proportion of the
Private Rental Sector (PRS) around the country.
• The National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS) and the
Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) offer
accreditation schemes for letting/managing agents.
• Increased housing construction in TGSE could see an increase
in the size of the PRS in the sub-region.
• This could see a corresponding increase in inexperienced and
ill-equipped landlords who require support.
 Matters for Further Consideration

• Student Accommodation
• Choice Based Lettings
• Decent Homes
• Housing Options
  Suggested Way Forward

• LLAS Best Option
• TGSE Appoint Lead Officer For Scheme
• Member Authorities Identify Liaison Officers
• Begin Consultation With Local PRS
• Identify Possible Incentives
• Launch Scheme
                                  TGSE Private Housing Sub Group
                                   Landlord Accreditation Project
Stage 2

   To match the best scheme to the TGSE needs and resources – full membership with LLAS

   Lead Authority – Southend. Work to be complimented by working agreements.

   Lead Authority with support of Chair, to explore/scrutinise the proposed partnership -contractual,
    legal and operational issues

   To review the resources need to plan, consult and implement the LLAS scheme in TGSE.

   To set timescale and performance outcomes for completion of stage 2.

   To promote, performance manage, monitor and evaluate the agreed scheme

								
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