An accreditation scheme has been launched by Oxford City Council for Oxford landlords and letting agents. The aim of the scheme is to improve the condition and management of privately rented properties in Oxford.
In order to become an accredited landlord or agent, you must agree to comply with a code of management and not have been subject to court action.
In addition, the properties that are rented out must meet specified minimum standards.
The council will carry out spot checks of properties to ensure that those standards are being met and maintained.
The scheme is free to join, however participants must pay £100 to attend a training course run by the council prior to being fully accredited.
Ian Wright, Health Development Service Manager at Oxford City Council, says: “We want to work with and encourage the good landlords and letting agents to improve the private rented sector in Oxford.
“We’re hoping that by highlighting those landlords and letting agents who make up the better end of the market, tenants will be able to exercise their choice and this will help drive up standards.”