11:48 AM, 6th December 2012, About 11 years ago 7
We have been asked by Peter Lewis, Chairman of Devon Landlords Association to share his question about the validity of Landlord Accreditation. I’m sure that the Accredited Landlord readers and trainers amongst the Property118 community will have some interesting responses and this could well make for a lively debate. If you want to follow this debate remember to add your email address in the box at the foot of this article.
“I see many organisations offering Landlord Accreditation but the more I come across the process the more I wonder what value there is in it for the average landlord. Yes, I see that it provides a good background to the lettings business and will help stop some landlords making costly mistakes but what else is there in it for them?
I have discussed the value of Landlord Accreditation with a number of individuals in different local authorities (LAs) and frankly they have very little to offer in terms of benefits to landlords for completing the process.
We know that LAs are strapped for cash and one Authority had the temerity to suggest that they would encourage their social tenants in the direction of accredited landlords, oh yes, with a 10% reduction on basic LHA as the LAs administrative fee! Come on LAs, get real. You may need us but at the moment and for a long time to come most of us do not need you.
So if any informed readers in the community can shed a realistic light on why we should seek Landlord Accreditation please let me know and inform us all of the associated benefits we can expect as a consequence of passing the tests to gain Accredited Landlord status? Oh, and don’t forget the bit about needing to belong to an Association to gain long term training credits to maintain the process. Who needs it when belonging to a good Landlords Association does most if not all of that for you anyway and keeps most of us below the Local Authority charges radar.
Devon Landlords’ Association”