If you are interested in the student accommodation business you should take a look at an accreditation scheme launched last year. The scheme aims to establish benchmark standards in student accommodation to provide reassurance to students and their parents. The people behind it are UNIPOL and AFS. UNIPOL is a charity working nationally to improve standards in student housing and AFS runs a search engine for student homes. A code of practice combines landlord training with verification visits. Some of our landlord insurance clients might be thinking of entering this market and others are already in it.

People have mixed views about being a student landlord- letting houses to young people is not every landlord’s cup of tea. If you have any personal experience why not let us know?

The scheme is voluntary and aims to set standards that are easily understood by people using the AFS website to look for accommodation. If you are thinking about buy to let investments in university towns it could be worth checking it out.

For more information visit www.unipol.org.uk/afsunipolcode