Wakefield responsible landlords scheme

Wakefield Council is now operating a voluntary 'accreditation' scheme. This recognises and rewards landlords who manage their properties to a good standard. Landlords who join the scheme abide by a code of standards relating to the management and physical condition of their properties.

What benefits are there for tenants?

Tenants can benefit from knowing that by renting from an accredited landlord, the property will be in good condition and the tenancy will be managed to a good standard.

The benefits of choosing to rent from a scheme member are:

  • a good landlord

  • the property is of a good standard and is properly managed and regulated

  • repairs and maintenance are carried out within an agreed time

  • deposits are refunded quickly at the end of the tenancy with a full and
  • clear explanation of any deductions made

  • tenancy agreements that are clear and easy to understand

  • help and information if you have a dispute with your landlord

What benefits are there for landlords?

This scheme supports landlords who provide good quality homes and safe housing that exceeds the minimum statutory standards.

The benefits of joining include:

  • regulation and legislation updates as they happen

  • promotion through Wakefield council website

  • access to interest free loans to bring empty properties back in to use

  • reduced HMO licensing costs

  • Waste Permits* (subject to conditions) that permit free tipping of waste created by tenants

  • opportunities to lease directly to Wakefield council

  • discounts on goods and services from local companies and trades persons

To become a member of the accredited landlord scheme both the property and landlord are checked to ensure:

  • the condition of the accommodation is suitable

  • a good level of housing management/maintenance

  • a good standard of tenant support/customer service

To find a responsible landlord or see if your landlord is registered, please see our list of responsible landlords here.

For more information call Housing Standards team on 01924 306665 or email housingstandards@wakefield.gov.uk.

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