In light of the imminent relocation of the majority of the Staffordshire University campus from Stafford the Council has reviewed its current Landlord Accreditation Scheme.
It has previously supported the North and Central Staffordshire Landlord Accreditation scheme in partnership with Newcastle Under Lyme Borough Council and Stoke on Trent City Council.
However, as the vast majority of landlords in the scheme cater mainly or exclusively for students it is considered that this scheme is no longer viable and from 1 April 2015 the Council will be withdrawing its support.
We are however, still encouraging landlords to become accredited and we have been working closely with the National Landlords Association regarding their accreditation scheme. Examples of accreditation schemes include:
The main benefit of being an accredited landlord is being able to advertise to prospective tenants that you are accredited and therefore you adhere to a high standard of property standards and tenancy management. Each scheme will individually have its own benefits for members but the aim is to actively promote and provide recognition to those landlords who keep to good standards and management practices.
If you are a landlord who does not own any properties in Stoke-on-Trent or Newcastle-under-Lyme and you are a member of the North and Central Staffordshire Landlord Accreditation Scheme, your membership will end from 1 April 2015.
We have arranged for landlords who fall under this change to be able to passport their accreditation membership across to the National Landlords Association Accreditation Scheme. You can complete the form to passport your membership on their website here. You will need to be a member of the National Landlords Association to be able to do this.
As the majority of Staffordshire University students will remain at the Stafford campus until May 2016, the Student’s Union have agreed to accept property listings on Student Pad for those landlords who are accredited via a recognised scheme.