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Private Rented Accreditation Scheme

 

What is the Accreditation Scheme?

The Accreditation Scheme is an initiative developed by Gateshead Council in partnership with the Gateshead Private Landlords Association (GPLA) to recognise and reward responsible landlords and good quality accommodation.

The Accreditation Scheme covers all types of privately-rented accommodation from flats, through to large single houses.  The standards are based on existing legislation but incorporate additional facilities considered to meet the modern day decent standard.

Objectives of the Scheme

  • improve housing and promote good practice within the private rented sector
  • improve communication between landlords and the local authority.
  • improve the image of the private rented sector
  • recognise and encourage landlords who provide good accommodation at an appropriate rent
  • increase tenants confidence in the quality and management of the accommodation they are renting

Benefits - the Landlord

  • Market advantage over other providers when attracting new tenants
  • recognition as a reputable landlord providing good accommodation
  • up-to-date information on improvement schemes and initiatives in Gateshead
  • information and guidance on relevant housing legislation
  • access to support and advice from professionals operating the scheme
  • an enhanced image with potential lenders
  • access to professional, responsible, and less transient tenants
  • decrease in the abuse of the property
  • tenancy mediation service

Benefits for tenants

  • better information on properties available to let
  • easier to identify good quality accommodation
  • assurance that an agreed code of management standards is in place and will be followed
  • mediation service
  • confidence that your landlord is professional and reputable
  • safety and security measures, incorporated as part of the accredited standard
  • improved energy efficiency measures to the property. to assist with lower fuel bills

What are the Standards for Accreditation?

Physical Property Standards

There are two levels of standard for accredited properties - 'Accredited' and 'Commended'

The standards incorporate a range of items relating to the following areas:

  • current Housing Standard
  • General Repair
  • Heating System
  • Kitchen Facilities
  • Bathroom Facilities
  • Fire detection systems
  • Safety of electrical installation
  • Safety of gas appliances
  • Buildings insurance
  • Energy efficiency
  • External and internal decoration
  • Provision for refuse storage
  • Furnishings (if let as furnished)
  • Security measures

Property Management Standards

Landlords who participate in the scheme are required to sign up to the Gateshead Private Landlords Association's Constitution and Code of Practice relating to recognised good management practices.

Alternatively, the landlord must demonstrate that he/she has suitable management practices already in place to ensure effective management of their properties

How long will accreditation last for?

The accreditation status lasts for 3 years. At the end of this period, the property will be re-inspected before accredited status is renewed.

Safety and buildings insurance certificates will be required annually for each property, and spot check inspections of properties may be carried out within the 3-year accreditation period. 

Contact Us

The Private Rented Sector Team
Civic Centre
Regent Street
Gateshead
NE8 1HH

Tel: 0191 433 3000