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Council hopes to ‘improve standards’ in PRS by giving landlords greater support

In a concerted effort to improve standards in the private rented sector (PRS), the North Tyneside Council has joined forces with the National Landlords Association (NLA) to offer private landlords operating in the area greater support to help raise the standards of private rented accommodation in the borough.

The partnership – the first of its kind between a local council and a landlord body – will see North Tyneside Council encourage landlords to adopt a more professional approach by signing up as members of the NLA and to become accredited.

The council is hoping to persuade landlords to sign up as members of the NLA and become accredited by introducing a package of benefits and incentives worth up to £300 per year, including discounts on HMO and discretionary licenses, access to commercial waste disposal facilities, and free tenant checks and referencing.

Norma Redfearn, elected mayor of North Tyneside, said: “This is a great new partnership that will give landlords the opportunity to continue their professional development, and gain accreditation, while also supporting our aim of raising the standard of private rented accommodation in North Tyneside.”

Landlords will also be able to take advantage of the range of membership benefits available from the NLA, including access to the trade body’s Telephone Advice Line, as well as best practice tenancy agreements, forms and letters.

Richard Lambert, chief executive officer at the NLA, commented: “The NLA is leading the way in establishing working relationships between landlords and local authorities that are willing to work in collaboration to improve standards in the private rented sector.

“This unique partnership with North Tyneside Council represents a major step forward and we hope it will serve as a blueprint for how the NLA can work with other councils across England in the future.

“NLA Accreditation is a national scheme which offers greater consistency for all landlords, tenants and councils to recognise and it’s the best way to maintain a profitable and successful lettings business.

“We’re delighted that North Tyneside Council is working with us to open up a whole raft of benefits, as well as educational and developmental resources that will work to ensure a more professional sector – not just for renters, but for everyone involved.”

Landlords with property in North Tyneside will have the chance to find out more at a private landlords’ forum, at North Tyneside Council’s offices, Quadrant East, on Thursday 6 April, from 6pm-7.45pm.

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    Did someone think this one through? On the face of it, it looks like a bit of progress. Time will tell how much of a success it may be.

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