A letter from Boris Johnson

01 Jul 2014

Dear Landlord

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:

  • Peace of mind for you and your tenants
  • Reassurance that you are up-to-date with the law
  • Advice from qualified professionals
  • A way to set yourself apart from London’s ‘rogue’ landlords
  • Discounts on licenses for accredited landlords from some local authorities

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.


Yours sincerely

Boris Johnson

Mayor of London

Greater London Authority

Written by: The Greater London Authority. For more information about the London Rental Standard visit www.london.gov.uk 

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