Landlord Standards

Accreditation for Landlords

The Nottingham Standard has been developed by the Council to promote a minimum standard for private rented accommodation in the city.


Apply through Dash Apply through Unipol

It doesn’t replace the current accreditation schemes (Unipol Student Homes and DASH Landlord Accreditation) but instead incorporates them under one standard certification mark.

Landlords already accredited through those schemes can use the Nottingham Standard accreditation mark immediately, and new landlords can apply to either DASH or Unipol.

How does a landlord get accredited?

Landlords renting only to students apply through Unipol, and other landlords apply through DASH, and once accreditation is achieved landlords are given the Nottingham Standard mark which can be used to promote their services.

How much does it cost?

1 to 5 properties


6 to 11 properties


12 to 29 properties


30 to 39 properties 


40+ properties

Price on application

For the Council’s new selective licencing scheme, landlords who already have Nottingham Standard accreditation get a discount of £300 for each property, so the licence fee (which is usually £780) is reduced to £480.

Student landlords can apply at Unipol, and others can apply at DASH

If you need more information give the team a call on 07812 300655.

Benefits of accreditation

  • Free training, 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 when landlords house people in housing need
  • Consultation opportunities

How would potential tenants know if a landlord is accredited?

A property search allows tenants to check if a property is registered to an accredited landlord, and we’ll continue to promote awareness of our scheme with tenants.

What needs doing to get accredited?

  1. Make an online application to DASH Landlord Accreditation Unipol Student Homes
  2. Sign a code of conduct
  3. Be assessed as a 'fit and proper' person
  4. Complete online training
  5. Have at least one property checked for health and safety

How does ‘Accreditation’ fit with ‘Property Licensing’?

Accreditation is a voluntary scheme that works alongside licensing to promote high standards in rented accommodation – most rented homes in Nottingham have to be licenced to be rented.

Because most landlords need licences they can also apply to be accredited which will entitle them to a discount on their licence fee.

Already a Member of an Accreditation Scheme?

If already a member of the DASH or Unipol schemes then a landlord doesn’t need to do anything. They can automatically be included in the Nottingham Standard.

Can Managing and Letting Agents be accredited?

Not yet, but the Council is planning to develop a scheme once the Nottingham Standard is more established.

Can Tenants be accredited?

The Council’s Housing Aid service already provides tenant accreditation and DASH Services are looking into expanding this.

A Good Practice Standards Guide for supported housing providers

Nottingham City Council has developed a “Good Practice Standards Guide” to assist organizations providing supported housing in Nottingham.

This Guide has been devised primarily for organisations specialising in providing supported housing accommodation.  It has been produced in response to a number of enquiries received about good practice standards in the sector. 

The guide aims to assist, inform and signpost to further useful resources and covers some of the following topics.

  • Core Values
  • Citizen Focus
  • Support
  • Accommodation
  • Safeguarding
  • Useful Links

For further information please contact: