Company name: London Landlord Accreditation Scheme (LLAS)
Contact: Sandra Salmon
Position: Accreditation Officer
Describe the scheme in one paragraph:
The scheme provides training and on-going professional development, advice and updates on legislation to allow landlords and agents to operate successful businesses, provide their tenants with safe and high quality accommodation; reduce the need for intervention from local authorities and to accredit those who attain the required standards.
Who are your main customers?
Landlords and Agents (letting & managing agents).
What one thing do you want your customers to think about you?
That we are the leading model for accreditation & raising standards within the Private Rental Sector.
What is the schemes vision?
The overall vision of the accreditation scheme is to improve the condition and operation of the rental market and reduce the need for intervention for partner councils. It also enables tenants to recognise private landlords and agents who are committed to providing good quality accommodation for the Private Rental Sector.
How do you work with Endsleigh?
We work in partnership with Endsleigh to raise standards within the Private Rental Sector via LLAS and the recently launched London Rental Standard Accreditation Scheme and provide insurance benefits to those that attain the standards. Endsleigh is giving all LLAS accredited landlords FREE Home Emergency when they purchase their buildings insurance through them.
Do you tweet?
Yes, from @UKLAP
If you could change one law or policy, what would that be?
To allow direct rental payments from authorities to landlords and agents for Housing Benefit tenants.
Any other information you want to share?
LLAS has accredited over 13,000 landlords and over 1,000 letting/managing agents in London, as well as over 6,000 in partner’s boroughs outside of London.
It’s a partnership that involves all 33 London boroughs, landlord organisations and educational organisations administered by Camden on behalf of the partners. It is the largest landlord accreditation scheme operating in the UK.
In order to become accredited by the LLAS, a landlord or letting/managing agent must:
The training is provided by the UK Landlord Accreditation Partnership (UKLAP) and covers topics including, pre-tenancy guidance, how to set up a tenancy, Housing standards, how to prevent problems occurring, what to do if things go wrong, what to do at the end of the tenancy, legal obligations etc.
Those seeking accreditation pay £89.90 if they book online and £120 via post to attend a one-day course. The scheme is free to join and there are no membership fees during the 5 years of accreditation.
The scheme accredits landlords, letting and managing agents and not individual properties.
Accreditation lasts five years and can be renewed if the landlord or letting/managing agent has shown a commitment to continuous professional development during that time.
LLAS accreditation sets the standard for renting in London. It allows you to use the London Rental Standard badge – giving public recognition that you’re a good agent.
You can find out more at www.londonlandlords.org.uk
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.