Welwyn Hatfield landlord scheme reaches milestone

PUBLISHED: 08:00 19 October 2017 | UPDATED: 14:34 19 October 2017

Council staff Natasha South, Helen Wilkins and 100th landlord, Alan Parker.
Picture: Welwyn Hatfield Council

Council staff Natasha South, Helen Wilkins and 100th landlord, Alan Parker. Picture: Welwyn Hatfield Council

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The PAL (Partnership Accreditation for Landlords) scheme in Welwyn Hatfield registered its 100th landlord this month.

There was a short presentation with the landlord, Alan Parker and officers from Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council to mark the milestone.

The PAL scheme is a free and voluntary landlord and property accreditation scheme.

Set up by the council and the University of Hertfordshire in 2012, it recognises landlords and agents that meet their legal obligations, and those that go above and beyond to provide quality rented homes in the private rented sector in Welwyn Hatfield.

Mr Parker owns and self manages a four-bedroom, two storey HMO (House in Multiple occupation) in Hatfield.

He joined the scheme on the recommendation of private sector housing technician from the council, Zoe Allen, following a routine inspection.

Mr Parker said, “I found the process of applying for PAL very straightforward and I’m interested in using the PAL website to advertise for tenants in the future.”

All landlords and managing agents who join the scheme agree to abide by a Code of Standards, which relates to the management and condition of private rented properties.

Two of the tenants in the property are returning from last year and are pleased to be living in a property that is PAL accredited, as this shows that PAL has checked that the property meets all legal requirements and that it is well managed.

James Fatolu, tenant and University of Hertfordshire Student, said: “It is important for me to live in a safe and clean property.”

Councillor Mandy Perkins, executive member for planning, housing and community, said: “PAL is very excited to be accrediting our 100th landlord.

“It’s important to us that the scheme represents a mixture of managing agents, large portfolio landlords and smaller landlords.” “Mr Parker only has the one property in Hatfield but he is committed to ensuring he is providing quality accommodation, and we are pleased we can publicly recognise this.’

Further information on the PAL scheme is available at www.pal-online.org.uk

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