Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement


Assured Shorthold
Tenancy Agreement

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Landlord Associations

There are advantages for landlords in belonging to a landlords’ association. This includes access to services and advice, but most importantly the opportunity to meet and discuss issues with other landlords – in other words to benefit from the hard won experience of others.

There are a number of legitimate landlord associations to which they can belong.

The leading national landlord associations are currently:

Both the RLA and NLA have local associations attached to them. There are also a number of independent local landlord associations including;

Devon –
East Midlands –
Eastern –
Humber –
North Staffordshire –
North West –
North West Property Owners –
Northern Ireland –
Scottish –
Sheffield & District –
Southwest –
West Country –
Yorkshire Coast –

Scotland has the Scottish Association of Landlords, based in Edinburgh and with 12 local branches –

Northern Ireland has the Landlords’ Association of Northern Ireland –

Both the NLA and RLA have their own accreditation schemes for landlords, as do (growing) numbers of local authorities and universities.

For the authorities these provide the advantage of knowing that the accommodation offered by members is up to the standard required and of giving them a means of helping to improve those standards. For landlords the advantage of membership lies in both the help and advice that becomes available and in the kudos of belonging to an accreditation scheme – which can only assist with marketing. When it comes to universities, those that have accreditation schemes are also likely to assist landlords find student tenants.

Incentives offered vary from scheme to scheme but may include access to a liaison officer who can help landlords deal with local authority departments, consultation on proposals that may affect landlords, access to renovation grants and loans and reduced landlord licence fees.

Membership of accreditation schemes is voluntary. Belonging to a scheme means agreeing to abide by laid-down standards and codes dealing with the management and/or condition of rental property.

Scotland has a government-backed national Landlord Accreditation Scheme established in 2008 after successful pilots in local authorities.

There are also local schemes in Fife (Charter for Private Landlords), Dumfries and Galloway (Quality Rent South West), Dundee, Edinburgh ( and South Ayrshire (under review).

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