Landlord Accreditation Scheme
West Lancashire Landlord Accreditation Scheme (WLLAS) is a voluntary scheme that private residential landlords are encouraged to join.
The aims of the scheme are to encourage, acknowledge and actively promote good standards of privately rented accommodation and to assist landlords and tenants to undertake their respective responsibilities to each other.
The scheme only applies to the private rented sector and not to council or housing association properties.
The scheme will ensure that:
- Landlords, tenants and community members enjoy the benefits of good property conditions, competent management standards and considerate neighbourly behaviour
- Misunderstandings and disputes are reduced
- Where problems do occur they are promptly resolved
How does the scheme operate?
West Lancashire Borough Council has entered into a five year contract with the Residential Landlords Association Accreditation Scheme (RLAAS) which is run by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA), to operate an accreditation scheme in West Lancashire. The Council will provide assistance to RLAAS and monitor the contract.
I'm a landlord. How do I apply?
To become accredited a landlord must:
- Complete a RLAAS application form
- Sign a declaration stating that they meet the criteria of being a fit and proper person
- Attend a training course within 6 months of application and demonstrate a sufficient level of ability to manage property to the standard required by the Code of Management
- Provide RLAAS with a full list of dwellings owned or managed by them
- Complete an online self assessment of all their properties for rent
- Enable access to dwellings for RLAAS or its agents to carry out verification and compliance checks
- Be committed to partnership working with all stakeholders in the private rented sector
- Ensure that all their properties and management practices meet the requirements of the scheme including compliance with the Code of Management
For more information and to apply visit West Lancashire Landlord Accreditation Scheme (external link).
What is the benefit of being accredited?
Accredited landlords will benefit from being recognised as a reputable landlord who maintains property standards and treats tenants fairly. Accredited landlords will be provided with logos for promotional material and property adverts to highlight the fact that they are accredited. A full list of the current benefits can be found on the WLAAS website (external link). More benefits will be added as the scheme develops.
Is there a charge?
All landlords will pay a membership fee of £45 per year. An additional fee is payable depending on the number of properties owned:
- 1-5 properties - no additional charge
- 6-10 properties additional £45 charge
- 11-20 properties £90 additional charge
- 21-30 properties £135 additional charge
- 30+ properties £180 additional charge
I'm a tenant. How do I find out if a landlord is accredited?
A landlord accredited by WLLAS will have been provided with documents to prove they are accredited and will display the WLLAS logo on their paperwork. You can also check if your landlord is accredited on the WLLAS website (external link). If a landlord is displaying the WLLAS logo but is not on the WLLAS website as an accredited landlord, please report this to the Private Sector Housing Team on 01695 585247.