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We have a strategic approach to the housing needs of everyone in our community and recognise the important role the private rented sector has in providing accommodation for a diverse range of households. As part of this new approach, we have set up a Kent wide voluntary accreditation scheme, the Kent Landlord Accreditation Scheme, KLAS, that recognised landlords who manage their properties to a good standard and is recognised across the whole of Kent.
Accreditation is voluntary with a set of standards relating to the management or physical condition of privately rented accommodation. Landlords who join the scheme and abide by the standards are "accredited" and are recognised across Kent as good landlords. There is no compulsion for landlords to join, but there are many advantages.
The scheme is open to any landlord and also to those who are considering becoming a landlord.
To provide landlords across Kent with information and professional development opportunities to:
The KLAS will accredit the landlord, not the property. A landlord will need to:
It requires landlords to comply with the law and to carry out urgent works promptly. If additional work is needed, a landlord must draw up a plan of action. View the KLAS Code of Conduct.
A person who has not committed any offences or had actions taken against them as detailed in the Housing Act. Convictions for harassment, discrimination and certain legal orders may disqualify an applicant.
Apart from gaining the knowledge to be a good landlord, and being recognised as a good landlord, there are many other advantages including:
Tenants can benefit from knowing that if they choose to rent from an accredited landlord, the property will be in good condition and the tenancy will be managed to a good standard.
It is in everyone's interests if housing is well managed and kept in good condition. The scheme can help to increase the supply of good quality accommodation, to the benefit to existing tenants and potential tenants who may not have considered renting privately in the past. It also helps to foster better landlord/tenant relationships and reduces the need for intervention by council officers.
Five years and the landlord will be re-accredited automatically provided they:
Attendance at local landlords forum and additional training events etc. will count towards re-accreditation as will membership of a recognised landlords organisation.
The scheme is a partnership made up of the majority of Kent Councils and Landlord Associations. We have joined together with other Borough Councils and the London Landlord Accreditation Scheme and the scheme is administered by Camden Borough Council on behalf of the partnership.
For further information please contact our Housing Initiative Officer (Details at the top of this page).