Tenants prefer 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