Private landlords

South Essex Private Housing Group and National Landlords Association

The next meeting of the South Essex Private Housing Group and National Landlords Association will take place from 6pm to 8pm, 13 November 2019, at Holiday Inn, Festival Leisure Park, Waterfront Walk, Basildon, SS14 3DG – register online for free.

Landlord accreditation

We take part in the UK Landlord Accreditation Partnership (UKLAP), which recognises good practice and works to improve conditions in the private rented sector.

To get accredited as a private landlord, you must:

  • attend a one-day course that costs £89.90
  • sign up to a code of conduct

You can book a course online via the London Landlords Accreditation Scheme website. Select 'Thurrock Council' as the location and then 'Search'. Courses are held at the Civic Offices in New Road, Grays, RM17 6SL.

Accreditation lasts for 5 years – during this time you must:

  • agree to maintain and update your knowledge through training
  • gather 6 continuing professional development (CPD) points

Accreditation and development courses are held regularly, both locally and throughout the country. Register online at Landlord Accreditation Partnership (UKLAP) to attend a course.

As part of accreditation, 10% of your rented property will be inspected each year.

Benefits of becoming an accredited landlord

The advantages to becoming an accredited landlord include:

  • your show of commitment to being a professional landlord
  • access to ongoing training courses
  • working in partnership with us to use your properties as good quality housing for people who are homeless
  • access to assistance to improve your properties
  • access to assistance to bring empty properties back into use, giving us having tenant nomination rights for 5 years