LANDLORDS are joining a voluntary scheme to improve the standard of rented accommodation.
Sunderland City Council’s new Accredited Landlords Scheme already has 20 members.
Anyone who wishes to join must show they are a fit and proper person to manage properties, and that all of their homes meet a high standard, as assessed by the council’s housing and neighbourhood renewal team.
The first two signatories, Phil Brazier and Sunderland University, have received their certificates of accreditation.
Councillor Graeme Miller, cabinet member for housing, said: “Private landlords offer 14,000 homes to families in Sunderland, so it is important that the council and landlords work together to ensure private rented accommodation is as good as it can be.
“We want to help landlords maintain and manage properties and attract tenants, help tenants by ensuring high standards of accommodation, and help communities by providing a high quality rental sector where they live.”
Benefits of the scheme include financial help, free tenant vetting and discounts on various services.
Mr Brazier, who has properties in Hendon and Pallion, said: “This scheme is very important for landlords because it helps us individually to demonstrate the high quality of our properties, and our shared commitment to their part in the community as a worthwhile long-term investment.
“More settled, happier tenants in well-maintained and well-managed private rented homes will improve the entire neighbourhood.”