Whether you are new to the lettings business or are a long established landlord you could consider going through the process of becoming an accredited landlord and registering on the National Register of Accredited Landlords that is operated by The National Landlords Association (NLA).
There are a number of benefits of being able to evidence to prospective tenants that you are a responsible and good tenant by obtaining accreditation present. For instance, it could result in you receiving more enquiries from prospective tenants as well as letting agents that, in turn, could lead to you being more able to fill empty properties/rooms and thus increase your rental income.
Becoming accredited is not an onerous task. You will be required to complete a foundation course as well as agreeing to the National Landlords Association’s scheme rules and code of practice. You will also be required to do continued professional development. If, in the last 5 years, you have already gone through a different accreditation scheme such as MLAS and LLAS then these can be used instead of the NLA Accreditation scheme.
Some of the guidelines that you will have to comply with are issuing tenants with a suitable rental agreement, providing protection for their deposit, carry out urgent repairs to any of your rented out properties within 3 working days when at all possible and giving the tenant a minimum of 24 hours notice should you require access to a property.
So, if you feel that you could benefit as a landlord by becoming accredited, why don’t you take a look on the National Landlords Association’s website for further information. After all, we are sure that you will agree, anything that you can do to further enhance your reputation as a responsible and caring landlord in what is a highly competitive profession must surely be a positive thing for your business.