To bring the industry together and to spread a more positive message about the future of the private rented sector in the UK, the Landlord Leaders community has outlined four key areas of focus and set out its vision for what is needed for each to succeed:
Education and training
- Establish comprehensive educational programmes and guides for landlords to increase awareness of their rights, responsibilities, and best practices in the industry, especially around sustainability.
- Collaborate with industry associations, government bodies, and educational institutions to develop and deliver training courses and workshops tailored to the needs of stakeholders.
- Encourage ongoing professional development within the industry to ensure that professionals remain updated with the latest trends, regulations, and best practices.
- Signpost resources for stakeholders to use for best practice and guidance.
- Encourage disparate sections of the industry to increase cross-education and better understanding of their roles within the sector, and externally to the public and media.
- Encourage clearer communication between tenants and landlords.
- Promote the use of digital platforms and applications to facilitate efficient communication, such as dedicated online portals or mobile apps.
- Work towards the implementation of a standardised communication system between landlords, tenants, and relevant stakeholders to ensure clear and timely exchange of information.
- Communicate the economic benefits of a thriving private rented sector to the public.
- Encourage collaborative efforts between landlords, tenants, and other stakeholders for a more seamless rental experience and to foster a sense of understanding, responsibility and community spirit within the sector.
- Facilitate the establishment of landlord forums to enable open dialogue and co-operation in addressing common concerns.
Positive industry perception
- Promote a more positive view of the private rental industry by highlighting success stories, best practices, and positive contributions made by landlords and tenants.
- Engage with media outlets and community organisations to counter negative stereotypes and misconceptions.
There are a number of other issues discussed by the Landlord Leaders community that need to be addressed in the longer term around cost, housing stock, regulations and standards, and sustainability.
The group aims to work towards creating a fair sector for all, which protects the rights and interests of both landlords and tenants, ensuring transparency, fairness, and accountability.
By adopting this Mission Statement, the founding members of the Landlord Leaders community will lead the way in promoting education and collaboration, improving communication, enhancing professional standards and fostering a positive industry perception.