A PROPERTY management company in Huddersfield has joined a nationwide scheme.

Wigwam Lettings, based at Honley, is the latest firm to join the National Approved Lettings Scheme, which provides accreditation to enable landlords and tenants to avoid the pitfalls of dealing with “cowboy” letting agents.

NALS ensures that agents comply with defined service standards and have a customer complaints procedure offering independent redress through the Ombudsman for Estate Agents Scheme, professional indemnity insurance, client money protection cover and access to tenancy deposit protection.

The scheme is supported by the British Property Federation, Sanctuary Shaftesbury Housing, the National Union of Students and the Guild of Letting and Management, who are all directors of the scheme.

The scheme is endorsed by the National Federation of Property Professionals. NALS is also endorsed by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Accreditation is open to any firm operating in the lettings sector which meets the scheme’s strict criteria.

NALS operations director Isobel Thomson said: “NALS service standards are the consumers’ benchmark against which to judge the performance of letting and management agents operating in the private rented sector.

“We are delighted to welcome Wigwam Lettings into the scheme.

“Agents such as Wigwam Lettings are in the vanguard of a drive to establish uniform service standards in the industry.

“Those agents who are not prepared to meet the standards required by NALS and – most importantly – the public will not survive for long.”

Paul Hollingsworth, managing director of Wigwam Lettings, said: “We see our NALS membership as an excellent opportunity to increase business within our letting and management department.

“This visible assurance provided by the NALS logo gives prospective landlords and tenants the confidence of knowing the service they can expect from dealing with us.”

Wigwam Lettings was launched less than a year ago to take advantage of current trends to help maximise returns on property which remains unsold in the stagnating sales market – as well as offering existing or aspiring landlords a customer-focused approach to letting.

Mr Hollingsworth has years of experience in the lettings market in London, Leeds and more recently managing a town centre office in Huddersfield.

Mr Hollingsworth said he was committed to providing a tailored service – doing everything possible to take the stress out of letting.