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Applying for Nottingham Standard accreditation

The Nottingham Standard is an accreditation mark developed by Nottingham City Council that will establish an overarching minimum standard for privately rented accommodation across the city.

The Nottingham Standard does NOT replace the current accreditation schemes operating in Nottingham; it operates using the existing schemes:

  • Unipol Student Homes
  • DASH Landlord Accreditation

The Nottingham Standard brings unity to accreditation in the city by incorporating both schemes under one certification mark. Landlords already accredited through DASH or Unipol will be able to use the Nottingham Standard accreditation mark immediately and new landlords will apply to either DASH or Unipol. In addition to the accreditation benefits they will also have access to the Nottingham Standard accreditation mark.

How do I become accredited?

Landlords who rent to students apply through Unipol and landlords with non-student homes or mixed portfolios apply through DASH. Once accreditation is achieved a landlord will receive the Nottingham Standard mark which can be used on their marketing material.

How much does it cost?

Membership through DASH has been FREE for Landlords since its launch in 2013, but charges to landlords will be implemented from the 1 February 2018. Charges from the 1 February 2018 via DASH will be:

  • 1 to 5 properties                     £95
  • 6 to 11 properties                   £160
  • 12 to 29 properties                 £380
  • 30 to 39 properties                 £500
  • 40+ properties                      Price on application

Membership usually lasts for 3 years

However, Nottingham City Council is proposing to introduce a new property licencing scheme in Nottingham, which has been formally submitted for confirmation by the Secretary State for Communities and Local Government. A decision on the scheme is expected in the New Year. If given the go ahead, those landlords who already have Nottingham Standard accreditation will receive a discount of £255 on the licence fee for each property. The proposed licence fee is currently £400 for those with accreditation and £655 for those without (subject to change on scheme approval).

How do I find out more and apply?

(Student landlords) - Unipol

(All other landlords) - DASH

or for more information call the team on 07812 300655.

What are the benefits of accreditation?

Some of the many benefits for accredited landlords include:

  • FREE training
  • FREE advice, support and guidance
  • FREE inclusion on an accredited landlord register searchable by prospective tenants
  • Discounted membership of Landlords National Property Group and East Midlands Property owners
  • Financial support and assistance packages from Nottingham City Council Housing
  • Aid and Housing Benefit teams for landlords who take citizens in housing need
  • Consultation opportunities

How will prospective tenants know that I am accredited?

Using the accreditation mark, we are able to market the Nottingham Standard to new and existing tenants, allowing them to seek out responsible landlords. A property search allows tenants to check if a property is registered to an accredited landlord. Nottingham City Council is committed to a continuous programme of publicity to promote awareness amongst tenants.

What do I need to do become accredited?

1. Make an online application to DASH Landlord Accreditation or Unipol Student Homes

2. Sign a code of conduct

3. Be a 'fit and proper' person

4. Complete an online training course

5. Have at least one property visited for a health and safety check

How does the Nottingham Standard fit with Houses in Multiple Occupation licensing?

Accreditation and the licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) complement each other. Certain HMOs in Nottingham must have a local authority licence in order to operate. Accreditation is a voluntary option designed to work alongside licensing and promote high standards in ALL types of rented accommodation, not just HMOs. Landlords who need Houses in Multiple Occupation licences can apply to become accredited in order to receive a discount on their licence fee.

I'm already a member of an accreditation scheme, what do I do?

If you are a member of the DASH Landlord Accreditation (formerly EMLAS) or Unipol Student Homes schemes you don't need to do anything. You will automatically be included in the Nottingham Standard if you wish.

Can managing and letting agents be accredited?

No, not under the Nottingham Standard, although Nottingham City Council intends to design a scheme for agents once the Standard is established.

Landlords can be accredited - can tenants?

Nottingham City Council Housing Aid already provides tenant accreditation and DASH Services are looking into it.

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