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Council's bid to establish quality mark; LANDLORDS' VIEWS SOUGHT ON SCHEME.

Byline: LUCY WILSON

COUNCIL bosses want more private landlords to help them set up a quality mark scheme for private, rented accommodation.

Coventry City Council is inviting landlords to a forum next week to talk about setting up a voluntary accreditation scheme.

The council established the forum in February to ask the views of the city's landlords on the scheme.

Under the initiative, landlords who meet set standards would be able to display a quality mark sign when advertising their properties.

To get the quality mark, landlords would have to prove their properties are in good repair and that they comply with health and safety regulations.

Cllr Kevin Maton (Lab, Whoberley) said: "So far we have been pleased at the response from private landlords who are keen to back a voluntary accreditation scheme.

"Long term this will be good news for people thinking of renting privately in Coventry as they will have the confidence and knowledge that a council accredited property represents good quality housing for them and their family."

Countrywide Property Management, of New Union Street, city centre, is an agency managing private rented accommodation in the city.

Regional director Steven Cox said: "We are very pleased at the response we've had to date but would welcome more views from landlords who haven't yet been in touch.

"I believe the setting up of a voluntary landlord accreditation scheme is entirely worthwhile and will work in the interests of good landlords, agents and tenants."

The meeting takes place on June 18 at the Central Methodist Hall, Warwick Road, Coventry city centre.

Landlords who would like to go should telephone 024 7683 1812.
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