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Landlord accreditation schemes

Landlord accreditation schemes recognise responsible landlords who manage good quality housing.

Most councils in Dorset operate a Landlords' Accreditation scheme. The aim is to recognise competent landlords, improve liaison and communication and promote good practice in the private rented sector.

Dorset Register of Accredited Landlords - Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, East Dorset and Purbeck

This scheme, launched in February 2013, is a register of landlords who provide rented accommodation within these areas and who are accredited with the  National Landlords Association (opens in a new window), the Residential Landlords' Association Scheme (opens in a new window) or the National Landlord Accreditation Scheme (opens in a new window).

Once a landlord is accredited with one of the three accreditation bodies they will be able to apply for registration with the Dorset Register. Bournemouth Council will co-ordinate the Register including applications and necessary certification on behalf of the partners. The scheme places the emphasis upon the landlord's competency and knowledge of their roles and responsibilities. For this purpose, online development modules and courses are provided, as well as information from local landlord forums, bringing all the latest information and advice to broaden landlords' knowledge about renting in the private sector and improving their awareness of their legal responsibilities.

Landlords will be able to access advice and support, use the new 'Dorset Register of Accredited Landlords' logo on all their correspondence and when advertising their properties. There is also a range of benefits including discounted HMO licence fees, grants for insulation work, etc. A further range of benefits such as improved access to the Council's housing benefit service, the ability for you to advertise properties on the Council's website, are being explored.

Further information and an application form including terms and conditions can be found at  Bournemouth Borough Council (opens in a new window) or email the Council's Private Sector Housing Team.

Landlords partnership - West Dorset District Council, North Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council

Find out more about the West Dorset, North Dorset and Weymouth and Portland landlord partnership

Further information

If you would like more information on what is happening in your area, contact your local Private Sector Housing Team

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