Rented accommodation scheme launched in West of England

A scheme aimed at helping tenants find good quality rented accommodation has been launched across the West of England.

The ‘Rent with Confidence’ scheme, run by Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol City, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire councils, aims to protect tenants by setting out a benchmark for landlords and letting agents in the private rented sector.

Representatives from landlord, agent and tenant groups have revised the benchmark standards. Landlords and agents must be members of an approved accreditation provider to apply to join the scheme.

Bob Goodman, cabinet member for Homes and Planning at Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “I am delighted and encouraged that more organisations are applying to join the Rent with Confidence scheme which recognises good practice in the private rented sector. The scheme demonstrates the willingness of the Council and landlord organisations to work together positively to raise standards across this fast growing sector. Tenants should be able to rent with confidence and we hope this scheme will result in poor landlords and agents being pushed out of the market.”