The Leeds Rental Standard Launch


The Leeds Rental Standard

Launched this week, the Leeds Rental Standard is a unique accreditation scheme which ensures high standards in the private rental sector in Leeds. It allows participating landlords to self-regulate, share good practice and access services to help them carry out their business. The Leeds Rental Standard has strong support from across the sector, and was developed collaboratively by Leeds City Council, Unipol, The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) and National Landlords Association (NLA). All parties involved are keen to improve standards of private rented homes in Leeds, a city where 50% of private renters are students.

The Leeds Rental Standard brings unity to accreditation in the city by incorporating the following existing schemes under one certification badge:

  • Unipol Student Homes
  • Unipol ANUK National Code
  • Residential Landlord Association (RLA)
  • National Landlord Association (NLA)
  • Leeds Landlords' Accreditation Scheme (LLAS)

At the launch on Tuesday, Andrew Goodacre, Chair of the Leeds Rental Standard and RLA said:

"The RLA is delighted to be supporting the Leeds Rental Standard. It is a positive move by the Council to recognise the many excellent landlords in the city."

The scheme does not replace the current accreditation schemes operating in Leeds; the schemes involved are dual badged with the Leeds Rental Standard badge and the dedicated badge for the scheme of membership. Landlords who are already accredited through the above schemes will be able to use the Leeds Rental Standard badge with immediate effect. 

Martin Blakey, Unipol Chief Executive, said: 

"The Leeds Rental Standard is founded on the Council's long history of promoting accreditation and encouraging self-regulation. [It] aims to both protect consumers and recognise the best landlords in Leeds and is the first self-regulated scheme to do so in the country. Unipol is proud to be part of the Leeds Rental Standard; all good landlords should join this.”

Carolyn Uphill, Chairman of the National Landlords Association (NLA) said:

"We're delighted that Leeds City Council is working with us to open up a whole raft of benefits, as well as educational and developmental resources that will work to ensure a more professional sector - not just for renters, but for everyone involved." 

For more details about these benefits for landlords, click here, and to find out what's in it for the tenant, click here

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