London Rental Standard

How to become an accredited landlord

The London Rental Standard is a scheme set up by the previous Mayor of London to recognise good landlords and letting agents and to promote higher standards in London’s private rented sector. We like that!

By signing up to the scheme, you will be invited to attend a really useful one-day training course where you will find out all you need to know about being a landlord.

Once you complete the training, you will be recognised as an accredited landlord and will joint the 14,560 landlords and 378 letting agents have already signed up to scheme (figures correct as of November 2015).

Want to find out more? Why not watch this video to hear first hand from accredited landlords about why they joined the scheme.

So how do I become accredited?

It’s really easy. Just follow this simple 3-step process and you will soon be an accredited landlord:

Step 1
Choose from one of the three approved accreditation scheme providers:

London Landlords Accreditation Scheme (LLAS)
LLAS is administered by Camden Council on behalf of all the London boroughs. It provides training and professional development for landlords.

National Landlords association (NLA)
The NLA is a professional association for private residential landlords. Existing NLA members get a discount on the cost of the London Rental Standard accreditation.

Residential Landlords Association Accreditation Scheme (RLAAS)
The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is a professional association for private residential landlords. Their scheme RLAAS offers accreditation to landlords in London and across the UK.

Step 2
Book a one-day training course organised by the accreditation scheme provider of your choice. 

The courses take place on a regular basis at various venues across London. Prices start from just £89.90, depending on which scheme provider you choose. A full list of training courses and online booking can be found at www.london.gov.uk.

Step 3
Attend your chosen course where you will learn about a wide range of topics from tenancy agreements to health and safety issues and how to prevent condensation. It’s really useful training, even for experienced landlords – everyone benefits from a refresher as things are constantly changing.

After you’ve completed the course, you’ll need to sign a code of practice and declare you’re a ‘fit and proper person’. You will then receive your London Rental Standard badge and accreditation number!

What are the benefits to becoming accredited?

By signing up, you’ll be part of the Mayor’s campaign to promote good standards in London’s private rental market. You’ll stand out as a good landlord, and can choose letting agents that have done the same.

You will also benefit from a range of discounts on goods and services including insurance, tenancy deposit protection, discounted building materials and licensing fees.

To find out if your London borough offers discounted licence fees to accredited landlords, simply click on ‘Select Borough’ at the top of this page and choose the borough you are interested in.

Can I become an accredited letting agent?

Yes, you certainly can!

The process is slightly different and you will need to join an approved accreditation scheme operated by the National Approved Lettings Scheme (NALS), the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA), the UK Association of Letting Agents (UKALA) or the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

To find out more, visit the Agents page at www.london.gov.uk.

Where can I find out more?

All the information you could possibly need can be found at www.london.gov.uk.

We hope you have found this infomration useful. After all, we want to encourage good, responsible landlords and agents to sign up to the London Rental Standard scheme. With the cost from £89.90 for five years accreditation, that's just £1.50 a month and you should easily recoup that with all the savings and benefits on offer! 

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