Glyndwr University is seeking to become the first university in Wales to advertise only accredited landlords on its accommodation lists.
From 2011, only landlords accredited by the Landlord Accreditation Wales scheme will be listed through its Accommodation Web Register, an online portal where students can search for properties to rent in and around Wrexham.
Landlord Accreditation Wales was launched in November 2008 as a joint initiative between the 22 local authorities in Wales.
The skills-based scheme promotes professional landlords and agents who rent out good quality, well managed accommodation – and aims to wipe out any bad landlords blighting the private rented sector.
Professor Michael Scott, Vice-Chancellor of Glyndwr University, said: "With a 20 per cent increase in the number of students enrolling at Glyndwr University this year, the demand for student accommodation is the highest it has been for over 10 years.
"As more and more students look to the private sector for housing, it’s really important that our students and their parents can be confident that the landlords they are dealing with are professional - and that the houses they wish to rent are of good quality and well managed."
The University’s support for Landlord Accreditation Wales is in line with a three year drive by Wrexham Council to improve the quality of private rented sector accommodation in the town.
The Council’s Private Rented Sector Improvement Strategy 2009-2012 aims to ensure better quality and choice of homes for those looking to rent through private letting agents and landlords, as well as providing advice and support for both tenants and landlords.
Wrexham County Borough Council Leader, Councillor Aled Roberts, said:
"The Council is committed to working with our partners in improving standards in the private rented sector.
"The Landlord Accreditation Wales scheme will help tenants find good landlords. This decision by Glyndwr University will contribute to the continued improvement of the private rented sector in the County Borough and enhance the profile of Wrexham as a prosperous University town".