Edinburgh Landlord Accreditation
Several key lessons have been learned as a result of Edinburgh participating in Communities Scotland's voluntary accreditation pilot.
- ELA immediately understood the importance of building up a good working relationship with the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL), local landlords and letting agents and key stakeholders within the sector.
- Due to the scale and nature of the sector in Edinburgh, ELA recognised in the early stages of development that letting agents would be key players in accessing a large number of landlords and properties, particularly where landlords no longer reside locally. As a result, ELA demonstrated how the could be applicable to letting agents and the properties they represent. In this respect, Edinburgh set the example from which the other Communities Scotland pilots followed.
- From the outset, ELA implemented a clear business planning framework, in which goals and targets have been set and achieved. This approach has ensured that funding sources have been identified and are available in order for the scheme to succeed. ELA, the City of Edinburgh Council and SAL are committed to continually promoting accreditation in the long term.
- ELA has shown the most progressive attitude towards providing private tenants information on accreditation by undertaking innovative methods of marketing.