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Ealing council has taken the unusual step for a council of praising letting agents and landlords in the private rental sector.
It comes after the latest figures have shown that Ealing borough has more properly accredited landlords and managing agents than any other borough in London, and nearly twice the average amount for a London borough.
Contrary to the usual condemnation the private rental sector is used to receiving from councils, Ealing has praised the landlords in its area, as 1,186 landlords and letting agents have achieved accredited status with the London Landlord Accreditation Scheme (LLAS).
The LLAS scheme recognises property professionals who have the skills needed to properly manage their buy to let investment properties in the private rental sector.
First established in 2004, the scheme requires landlords to go on a one-day course where they learn about the significant issues they could encounter in their rental business.
In addition to training and development, accredited landlords are entitled to various benefits, including a discount from the council if their Ealing rental property requires a licence.
Over the last two years the number of LLAS-accredited landlords in Ealing has risen by 45 per cent to almost twice the London average.
Ealing council lead member for community safety and inclusion, Councillor Joanna Camadoo, commented: ‘This is great news for Ealing. The overwhelming majority of landlords in Ealing are decent, law-abiding people who play a hugely important role in the local housing market. Proper accreditation is an important tool in the continuing drive to improve standards in the private rented sector.
She continued: ‘We will not tolerate any landlord or managing agent who causes misery for tenants and puts them at risk. We will continue to root out the tiny minority of unscrupulous landlords who give the rest of their profession a bad name.’