Followingh a review of its services and policies the Council has suspended its Student House Property Accreditation scheme and instead adopted the Midland Landlord Accreditation Scheme (MLAS), which is an established scheme operated across the Midlands region.
The Midland Landlord Accreditation Scheme (MLAS) is managed by the Homestamp Consortium with the primary focus of accrediting professional landlords.
Membership is on an individual basis. Any individual can apply to become accredited so long as they fulfill some basic criteria. They must:
- complete the Application Form;
- agree to the MLAS Terms and Conditions including our Code of Conduct and be able to certify they are a ‘fit and proper person’ under the Housing Act 2004 to provide rented accommodation;
- attend the Accreditation Day Seminar.
MLAS Accreditation is for a 5 year period, during which time, Accredited Members must undertake Continual Professional Development (CPD). This enables them to keep up-to-date with the latest legislation, advice and guidance on renting and letting property.
Some Councils and Universities are linked into the scheme in that they will only work with accredited landlords when referring prospective tenants including students.
Both the National Landlords Association and Midland Landlord Accreditation Scheme have useful web sites where you can view the schemes in more detail.
Is my property a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) ?
Under Housing Act 2004, which came into force on 6th April 2006, any property shared by 3 or more students will be regarded as an HMO. Properties with 3 or more stories and 5 or more occupants will require a licence to operate. Landlords are encouraged to join the Accreditation Scheme regardless of whether their properties require licensing. More information about HIMOs.
For additional help or copies of the above please contact Private Sector Housing:
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