What does this mean for students?
The landlord accreditation scheme will mean that students have access to landlords who will treat them professionally. Once landlords have gone through the training and agree to follow a code of conduct to gain their accreditation you know that they have all the knowledge necessary to ensure that your time in their property is enjoyable and hassle free.
By 2011 all three universities will only accept accredited landlords onto their housing lists ensuring students are safe in the knowledge that the landlord they are dealing with is reputable and follows best practise such as securing bonds, making maintenance repairs et al.
It means students have access to landlords that deal with students in a professional manner, who are committed to providing good quality, well managed accommodation within the confines of the law.
Using the website http://www.welshlandlords.org.uk/ students will soon be able to search for an accredited landlord.
Kieran McCann from cardiffdigs.co.uk was at the launch and said:
“Students like any member of society have a right to access good quality accommodation and a good level of service. All too often students have been treated unfairly and this is unacceptable. This is an opportunity for students to access good landlords; it will go along way in bringing up the standard of housing in Cardiff”
Deputy Minister for Housing Jocelyn Davies AM said, "All professions have a small minority that can give the rest a bad name. This Assembly Government backed project will help people find recognised landlords who have signed up to a code of conduct and who provide an honest, open service. Good landlords are those who ensure that their properties are in a good condition and well managed"
Executive Member for Communities, Housing and Social justice, Cllr Judith Woodman, said: “With the demand for rental properties increasing, there has never been a better time for landlords to gain accreditation, the schemes gives landlords the opportunity to stand out from the crowd and gives tenants the option to make an informed decision about who they let their home from. I would encourage landlords to find out more about the scheme and urge tenants to rent properties from recognised and accredited landlords".