Landlords and letting agents will have to go on a one day course before they can be given a 'London Rental Standard' badge

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Boris Johnson has launched the London Renting Standard scheme Boris Johnson has launched the London Renting Standard scheme

A landlord accreditation scheme has been launched by the Mayor of London.

The voluntary scheme is aimed at improving standards for people renting accommodation in London boroughs.

A ‘London Rental Standard’ badge will be awarded to letting agents and landlords who meet a set of criteria.

In order to gain approval standards in communication, property condition and response times must be met.

A one day course must be attended by anybody wishing to become accredited by the scheme.

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1:46pm Wed 28 May 14

driftingcowboy says...

A load of 'codswallop'! A 'voluntary' scheme won't work because only respectable landlords will use it. Those who take no interest in their tenants, their properties, their neighbours or the local environment, won't take part and so the scheme is immediately ineffective.
A load of 'codswallop'! A 'voluntary' scheme won't work because only respectable landlords will use it. Those who take no interest in their tenants, their properties, their neighbours or the local environment, won't take part and so the scheme is immediately ineffective. driftingcowboy
  • Score: 5

3:08pm Wed 28 May 14

Thunderbird4 says...

How Boris could be taken in by this voluntary scheme is a mystery to me, I thought he was a very intelligent gent. Why should private landlords want to spend money on their houses? From my experience, they don't believe they should, because it's a waste of profit. The tenant being nothing more than a commodity that provides cash.

What about a Private Tenants Handbook? Tells tenants what they should expect. I don't think so. Private landlords would want it banned. (Most of them, not all.)

Is this country going back to the Dickensian/Victorian style - many private landlords; social housing, next to non-existant?
How Boris could be taken in by this voluntary scheme is a mystery to me, I thought he was a very intelligent gent. Why should private landlords want to spend money on their houses? From my experience, they don't believe they should, because it's a waste of profit. The tenant being nothing more than a commodity that provides cash. What about a Private Tenants Handbook? Tells tenants what they should expect. I don't think so. Private landlords would want it banned. (Most of them, not all.) Is this country going back to the Dickensian/Victorian style - many private landlords; social housing, next to non-existant? Thunderbird4
  • Score: 6

3:35pm Wed 28 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

Thunderbird4 wrote:
How Boris could be taken in by this voluntary scheme is a mystery to me, I thought he was a very intelligent gent. Why should private landlords want to spend money on their houses? From my experience, they don't believe they should, because it's a waste of profit. The tenant being nothing more than a commodity that provides cash.

What about a Private Tenants Handbook? Tells tenants what they should expect. I don't think so. Private landlords would want it banned. (Most of them, not all.)

Is this country going back to the Dickensian/Victorian style - many private landlords; social housing, next to non-existant?
You are talking rubbish.

Landlords have maintain their properties as it is a false economy not to. My Landlord always maintains his property and the two either side.

He gets tax relief on his mortgage payments and a maintenance allowance on expenditure. Not all Landlords are bad. As for 'affecting their profits'. My Landlord just refurbished the two flats next door at great expense but has now rented them out at £500 more per month as a result, so it has increased his profits.
[quote][p][bold]Thunderbird4[/bold] wrote: How Boris could be taken in by this voluntary scheme is a mystery to me, I thought he was a very intelligent gent. Why should private landlords want to spend money on their houses? From my experience, they don't believe they should, because it's a waste of profit. The tenant being nothing more than a commodity that provides cash. What about a Private Tenants Handbook? Tells tenants what they should expect. I don't think so. Private landlords would want it banned. (Most of them, not all.) Is this country going back to the Dickensian/Victorian style - many private landlords; social housing, next to non-existant?[/p][/quote]You are talking rubbish. Landlords have maintain their properties as it is a false economy not to. My Landlord always maintains his property and the two either side. He gets tax relief on his mortgage payments and a maintenance allowance on expenditure. Not all Landlords are bad. As for 'affecting their profits'. My Landlord just refurbished the two flats next door at great expense but has now rented them out at £500 more per month as a result, so it has increased his profits. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -7

4:33pm Wed 28 May 14

stickmanny says...

This will work in the same way that any voluntary code of practice works.

Badly.
This will work in the same way that any voluntary code of practice works. Badly. stickmanny
  • Score: 3

4:55pm Wed 28 May 14

Thunderbird4 says...

VC, I did say; most, not all; and of course, your landlord is the type of socially aware person that is needed in the Private Sector.

You might remember, (I don't mean first hand), between the wars, (that's 1&2), Edward the eighth went and had a look at the housing/slums, available for the common folk and said - something must be done. As those wealthy landlords had done nothing to improve the housing, Mr. Hitler took it upon himself to knock a lot of them down, taking work away from unemployed Tommy.
VC, I did say; most, not all; and of course, your landlord is the type of socially aware person that is needed in the Private Sector. You might remember, (I don't mean first hand), between the wars, (that's 1&2), Edward the eighth went and had a look at the housing/slums, available for the common folk and said - something must be done. As those wealthy landlords had done nothing to improve the housing, Mr. Hitler took it upon himself to knock a lot of them down, taking work away from unemployed Tommy. Thunderbird4
  • Score: 4

2:50pm Thu 29 May 14

Sam Hain says...

Remind me, whatever happened to the scheme proposed for Waltham Forest before the election? Better start looking in the long grass I suppose.
Remind me, whatever happened to the scheme proposed for Waltham Forest before the election? Better start looking in the long grass I suppose. Sam Hain
  • Score: 1

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