Top accolade for East Lothian Council landlord service

Left to right: Ewan Ritchie and Councillor Willie Innes

Left to right: Ewan Ritchie and Councillor Willie Innes

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East Lothian Council’s Private Landlord Service won ‘Best Landlord Services – Local Authorities and Not for Profit Organisations 2013/14’ at the UK Landlord Accreditation Partnership (UKLAP) Awards ceremony at the Thistle Marble Arch Hotel, London.

The service was competing with nominations from all over the UK.

The East Lothian Private Landlord Registration Service, which is run by Ewan Ritchie, was nominated for East Lothian Council’s: Work with private landlords over the last few years. For example, landlord registration, Landlord Forums, and advice and assistance); partnership-working with Landlord Accreditation Scotland in the provision of training and advice to landlords and letting agents; work with the three Approved Scottish Tenancy Deposit Schemes; films on Welfare Reform, which have been published on You Tube. Five new films were currently at the planning stage and will be released this year; Trusted Trader Scheme; Empty Homes Loan Fund.

The council is also involved with the current ongoing review of Landlord Registration and Ewan represents the council on the National Working Group.

Leader of East Lothian Council and Chairman of the East Lothian Partnership Councillor Willie Innes, pictured with Mr Ritchie, said:

“Our Private Landlord Registration Service is a really good example of strong partnership working between local and national government and the private, voluntary and statutory sectors. Landlord registration ensures that all private landlords and agents in Scotland are ‘fit and proper’ to be letting residential property. The Service has played a key role in driving forward landlord registration in East Lothian and also supports landlords by helping them to access a wide range of training and support.

“We provide a first-class service to private landlords, which has also made big improvements for private renters. So, I’d just like to say very well done, Ewan, and I am delighted that the work of the East Lothian Private Landlord Registration Service has attracted the national attention that it deserves.”

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