Council endorse Ethical Lettings Charter at Big Housing Conversation

Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees has officially endorsed a scheme to help improve private accommodation in the city.

At last night’s Big Housing Conversation, the Mayor confirmed the council has endorsed ACORN’s Ethical Lettings Charter and that the Council has adopted it for its own homes.

The charter aims to improve the management and standards of all rented homes in the city, especially those owned by private landlords.

It calls for lower costs and fees for renters, more secure tenancies, safer, healthier homes, and a more professional property market.

Residential letting and managing agents or landlords can sign up to ACORN’s Charter and pledge that they will meet one of the three levels set out in the scheme – bronze, silver or gold.
The Big Housing Conversation brought together tenants from across the city to have their say on Bristol’s housing issues.

The council teamed up with ACORN to host what they hope will be the first of many tenant focussed events.

Table discussions, led by members of ACORN, representatives from housing associations and council tenants, included; homelessness, Welfare Reform, how to obtain more social housing, housing conditions and rights for private tenants and tenancy support. Bristol City Council pledged to support the charter back in October last year once a few improvements have been made to make it legally watertight.