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The National Federation of Builders (NFB) and the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) have formed a partnership to boost landlord access to reputable builders.
The NFB is the construction industry’s longest established trade association. By partnering the RLA, it is hoped that landords will have access to reputable builders when undertaking the development and maintenance of homes across England and Wales.
This collaboration intends to make it easier for landlords to secure builders with the appropriate qualifications, accreditations and experience in order to complete projects to the required standards and regulations. This will be possible using the NFB’s Building Works Hub.
The RLA represents 50,000 landlords nationwide, with this group boasting a combined portfolio of over a quarter of a million properties. The RLA campaigns to improve the private rented sector for both landlords and tenants. It does this through engaging with policymakers and the Government.
The partnership will be welcome given the increasing pressure on landlords to comply with Government regulations, such as the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES). These were implemented by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) on 1 April 2018 and aim to ensure that rental properties are energy efficient. Through the partnership with the NFB, landlords will have access to approved builders, helping them avoid the increased costs associated with poor workmanship when trade association endorsement does not exist. Only builders who meet strict criteria are approved and recommended via the NFB building works hub.
Landlords must increasingly comply with Government regulations, such as the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) implemented by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) on 01 April 2018, to ensure that rental properties are happy homes for inhabitants. Having access to builders that are approved by the NFB enables landlords to make the necessary changes and avoid increased costs so often associated with poor workmanship when trade association endorsement does not exist. Only builders who meet strict criteria will be approved and recommended via the NFB building works hub.
Chief executive of the RLA, Andrew Goodacre, said: ‘Choosing the right builder for the right job can be a real headache for landlords. Through this new partnership we can ease some of that strain by putting our members in contact with builders local to them who have a proven track record delivering high quality work and have been independently vetted by the NFB.’
Chief executive of the NFB, Richard Beresford, added: ‘NFB members are professional builders and contractors, dedicated to providing quality services with care and consideration. We’re very proud of the high standards that our members achieve and are pleased to offer members of the Residential Landlords Association a top notch service and the confidence that this partnership inspires.’