Corby Council to launch new scheme for private landlords

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A new scheme for private landlords is to be launched in Corby aimed at driving up the standard of accommodation in the town.

Members of the council’s One Corby Policy Committee approved the Landlord Accreditation Scheme at a meeting on Tuesday (January 7).

It will recognise and publicise private landlords who provide high standards of accommodation.

Corby Council’s lead member for housing, Cllr Bob Eyles, said: “We are very pleased to introduce this new scheme which benefits both the tenants and landlords.

“We know that the majority of landlords in Corby are responsible and this gives them the opportunity to be recognised for that. We hope that the scheme will also put pressure on those few rogue landlords to make sure that they make the improvements that are needed to their properties.

“Corby Council already works closely with private landlords and we hope that this new scheme will extend the work and support our housing options team offers.”

Properties will be inspected by a qualified housing health and safety rating system officer to ensure landlords are competent and suitable to become members of the scheme.

Accreditation status will be reviewed annually and will be subject to an annual membership fee and inspection.

The council will have the power to remove accreditation if landlords fails to maintain properties to the required standard.

Landlords interested in joining the accreditation scheme can contact Corby Council’s environmental protection and private sector housing manager on 01536 464055 or email amy.plank@corby.gov.uk