As Mayor of this great city, I want every Londoner to live in decent housing, including the two million people who rent privately. Indeed, housing is our number one priority at City Hall.
I know that most private landlords provide good homes for their tenants. However, renting out a property can be complicated, so it is important, both for you and your tenants, to get it right.
That is why I am asking you to become accredited and sign up to the London Rental Standard, a set of robust and realistic standards I believe every landlord in London should meet.
Getting accredited is simple. Just visit: www.london.gov.uk/landlords and choose an approved London Rental Standard provider. You will then need to do a one-day course to learn about renting out property safely and legally. Courses cost £80 to £125, while free online options are available to some.
You will also need to sign a code of practice and declare that you are a ‘fit and proper person’ (with no criminal convictions).
Accreditation will give you:
If you are already accredited with the Residential Landlords Association (RLA), National Landlords Association (NLA) or the London Landlord Accreditation Scheme (LLAS) you can join the London Rental Standard at no extra cost. Just ask them about the scheme.
I hope that you will join me in making London a better place to rent.
Mayor of London
The Greater London Authority have provided some FAQs for the London Rental Standard. Find out more.
Matt Hoy, a former tenant of accredited landlord Rob Hunter, tells us why he supports the Mayor's new London Rental Standard.
Richard Blakeway, Deputy Mayor for Housing, Land and Property tells us why London needs the London Rental Standard.
Find out more about our partners the London Landlord Accreditation Scheme.
On 28th April 2014 Endsleigh partnered with the Mayor of London's office to launch the capital's first ever rental standard. A city-wide badge of accreditation for London's landlords. Find out more about the standards here.
Rob Hunter who runs lettings company Place Group UK, explains how the Mayor’s London Rental Standard is good for landlords, agents and tenants.