Trade Bodies and Accreditation
If landlords want to stand out from the crowd (and there are over 2m of them in operation in the PRS) then gaining landlord accreditation is a good idea. Scheme members will be required to take a mandatory training course and once accepted, will need to get regular continuing professional development (CDP) as a condition of membership. Members will also sign up to the scheme’s code of practice which then allows them to be recognised as ‘fit and proper persons’.
Local authorities usually run these schemes, along with landlord trade bodies such as the National Landlords Association (NLA). Other trade bodies are the Guild of Residential Landlords, and the Residential Landlord Association (RLA). The largest accreditation scheme is run by the London Borough of Camden, which is that of the London Landlord Accreditation Scheme.
There is also the Accreditation Network UK (ANUK) which is a central resource for tenants, landlords and scheme operators interested in accreditation of private rented housing. It provides support, expertise and promotes best practice for scheme operators.