Calling private landlords - advertise good quality properties for free on new website
Published 16th October 2018
Private landlords who rent out good-quality homes in Sandwell are being urged to sign up to a new website where they can promote their properties free of charge.
The aim of the new Rent Well in Sandwell site is to link people looking for a private property in touch with trusted landlords with properties available.
Each property listed on the site will be star-rated, confirming it meets the council’s housing standards including having the relevant gas safety and other checks.
Accredited landlords will be able to list and manage their own property listings on the site free of charge. Only properties that reach the minimum three-star quality standard will be permitted to be advertised.
Tenants will be able to use the site to search for properties available to rent in Sandwell’s six towns, as well as creating search terms and alerts for suitable properties.
The site also includes advice about renting a property from a private landlord, housing benefit advice and other useful information for tenants.
Councillor Kerrie Carmichael, Sandwell’s cabinet member for housing, said: “The website is aimed at encouraging and supporting good landlords and putting tenants looking for a property in touch with people renting out decent accommodation.
“The site will require landlords to provide valid gas safety certificates and other checks before a property can be advertised.
“The benefit for tenants will be that they are dealing with a trusted landlord and not someone renting out poor quality or dangerous properties.
“People often don’t know their rights when they take on a tenancy and there is often no easy way of knowing if a landlord is reliable or a property is truly safe. This should give tenants more confidence.
“The new website means we can reward good landlords by helping them to rent out their properties – which in turn will incentivise other landlords to improve their standards.”
The star rating scheme is based upon:
- Five stars– Exemplary landlords/agents and property, displaying high levels of management for tenants and property, goes over and above legal requirements. No interventions or legal action by the council within the last five years. Invests within the council area.
- Four stars – Good landlord/agent and property, displaying good levels of management for tenants and a property and meets all legal requirements.
- Three stars – Satisfactory landlord/agent and property, meets satisfactory levels of management for tenants and property and meets all legal requirements.
- One or two stars – Landlord and properties do meet minimum statutory standards but the council has recommended improvements which have not yet been carried out.
- Zero star – Does not met statutory standards or is owned by a landlord who has been convicted of housing-related offences.