Council backs ‘landlord register’ to help combat rogue landlords

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Council bosses are unveiling a scheme that they hope will crackdown on rogue landlords in Boston.

The borough council is working in partnership with DASH Services to raise awareness of the regional landlord accreditation scheme and a roadshow event will be held in the Market Place in Boston next Thursday, September 12, to spread the word.

Landlords who sign up for the scheme are awarded a quality mark for demonstrating their skills in property and tenant management.

They also get advice and guidance with alerts on things such as changes to the law.

On applying for registration to the scheme, DASH Landlord Accreditation will visit a sample of a landlord’s property portfolio to help give practical help where it counts.

Coun Mike Gilbert, the council’s housing portfolio holder, said: “The charity Shelter has highlighted the growing problem of rogue landlords in Britain in the private rented sector. With the number of people living in the private rented sector growing and set to increase, Boston Borough Council believes that, in addition to formal licensing, there should be a voluntary accreditation scheme in place for tenants to check whether they are renting from a good landlord.

“Accreditation enables tenants to actively seek landlords who hold the quality mark and they are then able to make informed choices therefore avoiding the pitfalls of renting from a rogue landlord.

“With the increasing importance of the private rented sector in providing homes for local workers the council has a duty to ensure that homes being let are decent and that landlords are trustworthy and have integrity.”

Landlords can apply directly by visiting www.dashservices.org.uk or calling 01332 640324.