Private landlords in Wigan have been calling for a locally-managed accreditation scheme for some time - and now they have one.

Wigan council has established the programme, which the Visitor newspaper reveals includes a number of benefits.

Some of the perks of being part of the scheme - which costs nothing to join - include free tenant credit checks and reduced landlord insurance rates.

Kevin Anderson, the council's champion for neighbourhoods, said that the local authority wants private landlords in the region who provide "a high quality standard of property with a good management service"to gain recognition.

He also suggested that renting out a property for the first time can be "a daunting task", before explaining how the council wants to offer aid to inexperienced landlords so they can be successful.

Wigan landlords may be among the property professionals set to attend the National Landlords Association's National Conference in Birmingham in November, which will involve speeches from leading industry and government figures.

Written by John Weeks

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