Landlords should consider accreditation
When it comes to moving overseas, there are a lot of things professionals have to mull over, particularly when it comes to the delicate details associated with keeping hold of a property.
The sensible decision is to rent it out, providing expats with a valuable income and, should they decide to repatriate, a home to come back to.
Carolyn Uphill of the National Landlords Association (NLA) has advised would-be landlords to consider becoming accredited.
She argues that tenants are much more likely to agree on taking up a contract with someone who has undergone accreditation because it suggests a certain level of professionalism.
Accreditation of landlords is a relatively recent thing in the private rented sector, coming into existence around 15 years ago.
“It is the certification that a product or service has been evaluated independently and meets an agreed standard,” the NLA states.
“Accreditation is becoming increasingly important and has been adopted by councils as a way of ensuring that goods and services are safe within the private rented sector.”
Expats who have yet to make the move abroad can take a course to achieve such a status, which will help to set them apart from other landlords.
“We provide a route to accreditation through one of our courses, or online free learning, and ensure that landlords remain professional, with a CPD requirement, and full support on all aspects of letting, including keeping them up to date with the latest legislation,” explains Ms Uphill.
The NLA is a leading independent organisation that promotes and protects private residential landlords, and represents over 1.2 million landlords in the UK.
Cadogan Tate deals with all aspects of overseas shipping, helping British professionals make the transition abroad as stress free as possible.