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New scheme offers lighter touch regulation to landlords

Wednesday 17 May 2017

A new Leeds City Council scheme offers landlords the opportunity to regulate themselves as well as a range of other benefits.

The Leeds Rental Standard accreditation mark draws together all the recognised accreditation schemes in Leeds under one umbrella – so landlords who are already accredited through the RLA, Unipol or the NLA can use the new accreditation badge immediately.

The council says the standard will result in 'lighter touch regulation' which lets them  concentrate on the minority of landlords that show no sign of meeting standards voluntarily, as well as rogue landlords through a new dedicated unit.

Andrew Goodacre, RLA, chief executive said: “The RLA is delighted to support a scheme that rewards good, responsible landlords. 

"We have worked hard on behalf of our members to create a scheme that has real benefits for landlords and encourages self-regulation within the sector.”

By joining a recognised accreditation schemes and becoming a member of The Leeds Rental Standard the landlord can benefit from the following incentives:

- Lower regulatory fees - paying lower licensing;

- Members of the Leeds Rental Standard are self-regulating and have the opportunity to resolve any tenant complaints through the scheme without Council involvement; 

- Priority access to Council Housing Officers (EHO's) for advice and guidance; 

- Access to the Private Tenant Letting Scheme (PSLS); 

- Advertising properties in "Leeds Homes";

- No tipping charges (tenant generated waste can be disposed of at certain civic amenity sites free of charge upon proof of Leeds Rental Standard membership); 

- Business Parking Permits - apply for a permit for residential parking zones to allow landlords who need regular access to the zone to park. 

The Leeds Rental Standard operates under the following existing schemes: Residential Landlords Association (RLA); National Landlords Association (NLA); Leeds Landlord Accreditation Scheme (LLAS); Unipol Code; ANUK / Unipol National Code (for larger student developments).

Leeds City Council supports and partly funds the Leeds Rental Standard scheme in partnership with the other accrediting organisations.

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