Bolton Landlord Accreditation Scheme
The Bolton Landlord Accreditation Scheme is a voluntary scheme for Private Landlords operating in Bolton. It uses the Greater Manchester Landlord Accreditation Scheme (GM LAS) Code of Standards and Management Practice that was introduced across Greater Manchester authorities in 2011.
The Code of Standards and Management Practices covers the minimum legal standards required for renting private sector residential properties. The scheme aims to support and assist private landlords, existing or new, who are committed to deliver good property standards and tenancy management practices. The requirements outlined in the code include:
- Property Repair and Maintenance
- Managing a Tenancy
- The contract / Tenancy Agreement
- Professional Conduct
- Ending a Tenancy
Increasing your knowledge of landlord & tenant legal obligations and responsibilities, as well as good tenancy management practices, can help to reduce problem tenancies. Dealing with issues quickly and appropriately when they do occur can prevent otherwise satisfactory tenancies from terminating prematurely.
Important changes to Legislation from 1st October 2015
** Free Electrical Installation Condition Reports for New Members are now available. This is a first come first served offer - please see further information in the Downloads tab **
How to apply
Joining is FREE for landlords operating in Bolton. To register membership, please download the application form and supporting documents available on the Downloads tab.
- Free Electrical Installation Condition Report for new landlords joining the scheme. This offer is time limited.
- FREE ‘Accredited Property to Let’ Advertising which can include colour photos published online and displayed in housing offices across Bolton, reaching thousands of prospective tenants looking for a new home. This service comes with a former tenant reference check. Please see the Links tab to access the website. Please see the Downloads tab to see further information.
- Accreditation Property Assessments - conducted in accordance with the Housing Health & Safety Rating System for evaluating risks of harm to health and safety from deficiencies identified in dwellings.
- Improved Access to information, advice and support provided by a number of housing services specialists (see the Links tab).
- Tenancy Management Documents and Forms - including a 6-page Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement for our members' use, arrears letters and so on. Some forms are freely available in the downloads section such as rent card/statement as well as the ‘Welcome to your Tenancy – Private Tenant Information Pack’ (see the Downloads tab).
- Problem tenancies - Advice and support to help reduce or prevent problems in tenancies
- Landlord network and events - periodic landlord forums, events and training sessions.
- Housing newsletter - national and regional housing related news articles and changes to legislation affecting the private rented sector (see the Downloads tab)
- Accredited status for the landlord and properties where applicable
- Market advantage of accreditation status over similar housing providers.
Responsible Private Landlords who offer safe quality homes that are well managed are more likely to attract responsible tenants. While the majority of tenancies run smoothly and terminate agreeably, some tenancies will end in rent arrears, property disrepair and/or other issues. By signing up, landlords are showing their commitment to meet and maintain good property standards and tenancy management practices.
Please check out the Downloads tab and the Links tab for a full range of useful information, documents and other landlord related advice and services including the scheme Code of Standards and Management Practices, Housing Advice, the Bond Board, Local Housing Allowance (housing benefits), Planning, Building Control and Housing Standards, Fire Safety, Energy Performance Certificates, Tenancy Deposit Protection Schemes. Or contact us using the details on the Contacts tab.
Accredited Landlord Status is awarded to a landlord member who has :
- provided copies of gas safety certificates for each property
- an applicable Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) for each property ie all tenancies that began on or after 1st Oct 2008. [We will access copies from the online EPC Register. If an EPC is not accessible from the EPC Register, then a copy will be required]
- provided a copy of or sample tenancy agreement used
- Landlords also agree that during their first term of membership (5 years) to provide satisfactory electrical installation condition reports for each property and to complete 10 hours of continuing professional development to retain their status.
Accredited Property Status is awarded to properties that have:
- gas safety certificate (unless there is no gas installed in the property)
- satisfactory electrical installation condition report
- energy performance certificate
- passed an accreditation property assessment
Times are displayed in a 24 hour format.