It’s difficult to find a builder at the best of times, but as a landlord, it can seem even more pressing to choose someone who will do a great job. When your property is a source of income, and you’re responsible for the wellbeing of those who live in your building, hiring trusted builders is imperative.
Instead of relying on word of mouth, or long Google searches, it seems a new partnership between the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) and the National Federation of Builders (NFB) could prove to be the solution.
As part of the agreement, landlords will be able to access a ‘Building Works Hub’, which will match their project to a fully vetted, qualified and experienced professional, based in their local area.
All of the construction companies have to meet certain criteria before being approved for an NFB membership. They have to be screened to ensure they meet the following requirements:
- Fully insured
- Compliant with all necessary health and safety policies, including Asbestos awareness
- Referenced for quality of work
- Operating to a high level of corporate social responsibility (CSR)
- Financially sound
- Fully aware of the complexities of working within the property letting sector
Landlords will be able to search for a builder or contractor for smaller tasks and maintenance, as well as undertaking larger projects, such as conversions. Builders could be used for jobs specific to landlords and their needs. This could include transforming an existing home into a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO), or converting a house into one more suitable for older tenants, or students.
RLA chief executive Andrew Goodacre said:
“Choosing the right builder for the right job can be a real headache for landlords.
“Through this new partnership we can ease some of that strain by putting our members in contact with builders local to them who have a proven track record delivering high quality work and have been independently vetted by the NFB.”
Richard Beresford, chief executive of the NFB, added:
“NFB members are professional builders and contractors, dedicated to providing quality services with care and consideration.
“We’re very proud of the high standards that our members achieve and are pleased to offer members of the Residential Landlords Association a top-notch service and the confidence that this partnership inspires.”