New free website to link tenants needing homes to good Sandwell landlords goes live today.
A new FREE service is launching in Sandwell to bring together good landlords with tenants looking to rent.
Rent Well in Sandwell is the website of a new free service to link people needing homes to reputable landlords with decent homes to offer in Sandwell.
The new website at RentWellinSandwell.com
The free site lets tenants search for properties, alerts them when suitable properties become available and carries advice and information on various housing issues. Landlords can use the site to advertise properties free of charge.
The site is currently open to only landlords who are a member of a recognised landlord accreditation scheme, such as the Midland Landlord Accreditation Scheme (see http://www.mlas.org.uk). There are plans to roll out the service to all good landlords in the near future.
Properties advertised will be rated under a star system. Landlords can initially set their own rating, using set criteria about quality, but the council will be carrying out checks to ensure properties meet that standard. Only properties of a minimum three-star standard can be advertised.
The rating system is:
Five stars– Exemplary landlords/agents and property, excellent levels of management for tenants and property, goes over and above legal requirements. No interventions or legal action by the council within the last five years. Invests within the council area.
Four stars – Good landlord/agent and property, displaying good levels of management for tenants and property and meets all legal requirements.
Three stars – Satisfactory landlord/agent and property, meets satisfactory levels of management for tenants and property and meets all legal requirements.
One or two stars – Landlord and properties do meet minimum statutory standards but the council has recommended improvements which have not yet been carried out.
Zero star – Does not met statutory standards or is owned by a landlord who has been convicted of housing-related offences.
Any landlord who is interested in using the new website but who is not yet a member of an accreditation scheme is urged to visit the MLAS website to check details about joining. There are costs of membership but there are numerous benefits which make accreditation more than worthwhile for serious landlords.
For more information or to start the process of registering your properties, visit rentwellinsandwell.com
Or if you have questions – email me at Elizabeth_mooney@sandwell.gov.uk