Residential Landlord Association Accreditation Scheme Landlords Area - FAQ

  1. What is the RLAAS Accreditation Scheme?
  2. Who are RLAAS?
  3. Which areas does the Accreditation Scheme cover?
  4. Who can become an RLAAS Accredited Landlord?
  5. How can I become an accredited landlord?
  6. How much does it cost to become an accredited landlord?
  7. How long does an accreditation last for?
  8. What is meant by a 'Registered RLAAS Member'
  9. Why must I declare details of any business partners, co-directors or trustees?
  10. What is a ‘Fit & Proper Person'?
  11. What does the Management Code of Practice require of me?
  12. How can I contact RLAAS?

Answers

What is the RLAAS Accreditation Scheme?

It is a voluntary national scheme that provides recognition to good landlords who have the skills to run a successful rental business and so provide their tenants with good quality and safe accommodation.

Who are RLAAS?

RLAAS Ltd is a company that has been developed by The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) but acts independently to provide an accreditation service for ALL private sector landlords.

Which areas does the Accreditation Scheme cover?

RLAAS is a nationwide scheme operating throughout England and Wales.

Who can become an RLAAS Accredited Landlord?

ALL private sector landlords are eligible to apply for accreditation including individuals, partnerships, limited companies or Trusts provided that they own property for rent.
Letting Agents or Managing Agents cannot normally be accredited. However if they own properties for rent they may be accredited in respect of their landlord role but not as an agent for other landlords.

How can I become an accredited landlord?

In order to become an RLAAS accredited landlord you are required to:

Following a successful application a landlord is awarded the Accredited Landlord status.

How much does it cost to become an accredited landlord?

There are NO FEES for applying for accreditation or for becoming accredited. Landlords will have to pay the cost of any training that they may need to undertake however discounted training is available from RLAAS.

How long does an accreditation last for?

Accreditation is on-going subject to you continuing to comply with the scheme conditions and maintaining sufficient CPD each year.

What is meant by a 'Registered RLAAS Member'

A registered member is a landlord who has submitted an application but not yet completed their landlord training or CPD to qualify as an "Accredited Landlord"
Registered members can access various benefits including discounted training.

Why must I declare details of any business partners, co-directors or trustees?

Each person who is involved in the management and control of your landlord business needs to make a fit & proper person declaration and undertake CPD to ensure that they are equally suitable to be accredited.

What is a ‘Fit & Proper Person'?

A fit and proper person is someone who can be reasonably assumed to be a good landlord. To self certify that you are 'fit and proper' the following should be declared;
•    Whether you have committed fraud, dishonesty, violent or drug related offences
•    Evidence of discrimination in any business activity
•    Whether you have broken any other laws in relation to housing
Information should be provided where you may not meet any of the parts of the declaration. A criminal conviction does not necessarily mean that you would not be a 'fit and proper' person. Every case is examined individually and all circumstances are taken into account when making a decision. However, you would not be classed as 'fit and proper' if you withhold relevant information.

What does the Management Code of Practice require of me?

It requires landlords to work within the legal rules relating to letting and managing. It also requires urgent work to be carried out promptly, and where on-going maintenance is required, a plan of action should be drawn up and made available for tenants and Local Authority staff to view.

How can I contact RLAAS?

Our correspondence details can be found on the contact us page.

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