Trusted and reputable landlords from across Dorset will soon be able to sign up to a new Dorset Register of Accredited Landlords.
Working with a number of national landlord organisations, Bournemouth Council is the first local authority in England to launch the regional scheme which will encourage landlords to become accredited with an approved organisation and then be included on the Dorset Register, made available for local residents to view.
To become registered, landlords will have to meet certain requirements including signing up to a code of conduct as well as taking part in regular professional development and in turn will benefit from being publicised on the register. Other benefits will vary from Council to Council, in Bournemouth they will include discounted HMO (Houses in Multiple Occupation) licence fees, access to grants for free insulation and priority with a new housing benefit system. Poole, Christchurch, East Dorset and Purbeck Councils have also signed up to the scheme and a register of accredited landlords for the area will be listed on each of the local authority’s websites.
Councillor Robert Lawton, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “We’re committed to raising the standard of accommodation in the private rented sector and the new Dorset Register aims to work with local landlords to encourage as many as possible to sign up to the scheme. Working closely with the accreditation bodies we can ensure that landlords are fully aware of their legal requirements and ensure that properties are well managed. This will free up more time for the Council to focus its efforts on tackling problem properties.”
Bournemouth is working with the National Landlords Association, Residential Landlords Association Accreditation Scheme and the National Landlord Accreditation Scheme. Once a landlord is accredited with one of the three accredited bodies they can apply to be included on the Dorset register.
A statement on behalf of the three accreditation bodies working with the Council, said: “We are extremely pleased to join Bournemouth Council in establishing this new Dorset-wide landlord register to help promote improvements to the private rented sector. The register will make it very easy for local residents to view a list of trusted and professional landlords who provide good quality and well managed accommodation in Dorset.”
More information can be found at: www.bournemouth.gov.uk/accreditedlandlords