Bournemouth's new landlord register is first in England

Bournemouth Echo: Tobias Ellwood MP and landlords at the launch of the register Tobias Ellwood MP and landlords at the launch of the register

Bournemouth Council has become the first local authority in England to launch a regional 'accredited landlords' register.

The register, which also covers Poole, Christchurch, East Dorset and Purbeck is intended to deal poorly-maintained properties and anti-social behaviour from tenants.

The register holds details of accredited landlords as well as a list of their properties and will be posted on council websites. Tenants can look to see if their landlord is listed, and if so can approach the accreditation body directly with any complaints.

Bournemouth Council cabinet member for housing Robert Lawton said this would allow enforcement staff to focus more resources on problem landlords and properties.

“To get this accreditation landlords need to meet certain criteria, so if they are on the register our officers know they have well-run properties,” he said.

“They can then concentrate on those landlords who, for whatever reason, are not signed up, and will be better able to tackle the various problems caused by HMOs (houses of multiple occupation), particularly in the Boscombe and Winton areas.”

Urgent complaints, such as broken boilers or electrics, will still be dealt with by council officers.

The three accreditation schemes are run by the National Landlords Association, the Residential Landlords Association and the National Landlord Accreditation Scheme.

The first landlords signed up to the scheme received certificates at a launch event on Friday, where Bournemouth East MP Tobias Ellwood praised the scheme for being locally-led and focussing on co-operation.

Julia Carter, a Bournemouth landlord since 1977, welcomed the scheme.

“With this accreditation we can get a lot more support to help us deal with the various problems which come up from time to time, and it will also make it easier to get tenants as they can see we are approved by the council,” she said.

Bournemouth Council's private sector housing manager Nicky Thomas said the register was one of the first of its kind in the country.

“This came out of our discussions with landlords over the HMO problem in Winton, where the landlords associations said why not work with them rather than against them,” she said.

“We will be encouraging more landlords to go on the accreditation courses, and bringing more local authorities in Dorset on board.”

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10:39am Tue 12 Feb 13

HRH of Boscombe says...

I can't see Dave Wells in the picture.
I can't see Dave Wells in the picture. HRH of Boscombe

10:41am Tue 12 Feb 13

woby_tide says...

HRH of Boscombe wrote:
I can't see Dave Wells in the picture.
I thought it was going to be a register of a single landlord to be honest
[quote][p][bold]HRH of Boscombe[/bold] wrote: I can't see Dave Wells in the picture.[/p][/quote]I thought it was going to be a register of a single landlord to be honest woby_tide

11:12am Tue 12 Feb 13

retry69 says...

Some dubious looking characters there.
Some dubious looking characters there. retry69

12:05pm Tue 12 Feb 13

woby_tide says...

retry69 wrote:
Some dubious looking characters there.
I'm surprised the landlords allowed themselves to be photographed next to them
[quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: Some dubious looking characters there.[/p][/quote]I'm surprised the landlords allowed themselves to be photographed next to them woby_tide

12:09pm Tue 12 Feb 13

saynomore says...

Another stealth tax by the government
Another stealth tax by the government saynomore

12:26pm Tue 12 Feb 13

BournemouthMum says...

Unless it's compulsory it's pretty useless.
Unless it's compulsory it's pretty useless. BournemouthMum

12:53pm Tue 12 Feb 13

muscliffman says...

Will the (voluntary) register note any links between Landlords and those in positions of public influence?

Not of course. that there could possibly be any!
Will the (voluntary) register note any links between Landlords and those in positions of public influence? Not of course. that there could possibly be any! muscliffman

1:01pm Tue 12 Feb 13

retry69 says...

woby_tide wrote:
retry69 wrote:
Some dubious looking characters there.
I'm surprised the landlords allowed themselves to be photographed next to them
Love it, well done
[quote][p][bold]woby_tide[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: Some dubious looking characters there.[/p][/quote]I'm surprised the landlords allowed themselves to be photographed next to them[/p][/quote]Love it, well done retry69

1:18pm Tue 12 Feb 13

speedy231278 says...

And what exactly will this accreditation do? Also, how about one for letting agents, who in my experience are far more diabolical than the landlords themselves!
And what exactly will this accreditation do? Also, how about one for letting agents, who in my experience are far more diabolical than the landlords themselves! speedy231278

1:52pm Tue 12 Feb 13

ab8 says...

muscliffman wrote:
Will the (voluntary) register note any links between Landlords and those in positions of public influence?

Not of course. that there could possibly be any!
An interesting question. Pity that it will be a voluntary register as it would be very educating to learn which 'pillars' of Boscombe society earn money from renting out accomodation to the very people who bring the area down (and hide this from public view)
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Will the (voluntary) register note any links between Landlords and those in positions of public influence? Not of course. that there could possibly be any![/p][/quote]An interesting question. Pity that it will be a voluntary register as it would be very educating to learn which 'pillars' of Boscombe society earn money from renting out accomodation to the very people who bring the area down (and hide this from public view) ab8

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