Tenants favour accredited landlords
According to the National Landlord Association’s first Quarterly Tenant Index*, 51 per cent of tenants are more likely to accept a rental property if they know the landlord is committed to professional development and accreditation.
The National Landlords Association’s (NLA) accreditation ensures landlords have a thorough understanding of the rules and regulations for the letting of residential property. The NLA offers a national scheme that tenants in England and Wales can recognise as a mark of quality, signifying that a landlord is committed to professional development. The scheme is also backed by free and regular local meetings, which can count towards development.
Despite the benefits of accreditation, only 19 per cent of tenants know whether or not their landlord is a member of a landlord association.
David Salusbury, Chairman of the National Landlord Association, says:
“Accreditation is an effective way for landlords to develop their professional capabilities and, as our research shows, is a credible tool for marketing to tenants.
“Accredited landlords are required to dedicate time to attending courses and local meetings and to commit to continued professional development. This investment in time and knowledge is what sets accredited landlords apart from the rest – they have knowledge of the various acts of parliament as well as the local regulations that apply to their properties and tenants.
“Qualified landlords should shout about their accredited status. A good landlord cares about their tenants, their properties and their business”.
To find out more about becoming an accredited landlord with the NLA, visit our Accreditation pages at http://www.landlords.org.uk/support-advice/landlord-accreditation
*2,000 tenants surveyed during April and May 2012
For further information, please contact:
PR Assistant, NLA
0207 840 8945
NOTES TO EDITORS:
The National Landlords Association (NLA) is the UK’s leading organisation for private-residential landlords. It has over 20,000 paid members, ranging from full-time landlords with large property portfolios to those with just a single letting. NLA membership helps landlords make a success of their lettings business by providing a wide range of information, advice and services. The NLA campaigns for the legitimate interests of landlords by seeking to influence decision-makers at all levels of government and by making landlords’ collective voice heard in the media. It seeks to raise standards in the private-rented sector while aiming to ensure that landlords are aware of their statutory rights and responsibilities. Based at its head office in Central London, the NLA currently employs over 40 full-time staff and has a network of more than 40 regional representatives and branches throughout the UK.