A pioneering scheme will give local landlords the chance to have their properties officially approved for students and advertised directly to them.
All approved properties in the Lancaster University Homes scheme will meet a minimum set of standards, helping students avoid unsuitable properties. As well as allowing their properties to be inspected, landlords will be asked to sign up to a code of practice, guaranteeing the level of tenancy management they offer.
Students will be able to use the scheme from October 2015 using a dedicated webpage to find their ideal home where only university approved homes will be advertised.
The university has developed the scheme with the full co-operation and endorsement of the city council, who will continue to operate their Accreditation Scheme for landlords who opt to remain with them.
A landlords’ event will be held at Lancaster University on February 3 at 6pm. Any landlords interested in going along can email firstname.lastname@example.org for details, including their name and email contact details.
Hilary Simmons, Lancaster University’s head of colleges and student life, said: “We know that there are some good properties and good landlords in Lancaster; we want to make sure that our students have the easiest possible access to those good homes.”