Short-Let Landlords to Apply for National Accreditation

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Short-let landlords will soon be able to apply for national accreditation.

Short-let landlords, including those who list properties on Airbnb, will have the opportunity to apply for national accreditation as from next month. The move comes as part of an industry attempt to crack down on rogue landlords.

The new accreditation, which is backed by the government, will involve voluntary assessments. These examine a property’s safety, cleanliness and legality.

It has been reported that over 1000 properties are already signed up to the initiative. The scheme will see landlords use the official STAA accreditation logo when they advertise their property once their rental home has passed M Assessment’s inspection.

Annual fees for the scheme will be between £100 and £200 for individual homeowners. This can stretch up to a sizeable £1,000 for companies.

The scheme marks an important step in ensuring the safety of tenants and in protecting their right to appropriate and well-maintained accommodation even in the short-term sector. It will make sure that landlords are well versed in their responsibilities and will also ensure that short-lets do not become a blight on the sector.

Chairwoman of the UK Short-Term Accommodation Association (STAA), which is behind the scheme, Merilee Karr, said: ‘With a new industry, everyone is trying to figure out what this should look like. How do you make sure hosts know what the health and safety standards are and what the legal requirements are? If it’s not done properly that creates its own issues.’

A Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government spokesman added: ‘Short-term lettings support tourism and enable households to boost their income, but we are clear they should not have a negative impact on the wider communities. We welcome the work that the STAA are doing to drive up standards and promote best practice.’