What the Nottingham Standard is
The Nottingham Standard brings unity to accreditation in the city by incorporating both schemes under one certification mark that creates an overarching minimum standard for privately rented accommodation across the city.
Landlords already accredited through DASH or Unipol are able to use the Nottingham Standard accreditation mark.
The Nottingham Standard helps tenants search for properties that meet a minimum standard that recognises good landlords and provides accommodation that is quality approved and well managed.
You can check to see if your landlord is accredited under the Nottingham Standard mark by checking with the Unipol Code (if you are a student) or the DASH Code (for other privately rented accommodation)
The Nottingham Standard does NOT replace the current accreditation schemes operating in Nottingham, which are:
- DASH Landlord Accreditation (formerly EMLAS) - which accredits all types of private rented sector landlords
- Unipol Student Homes - which accredits only student landlords
There are guidelines for the Nottingham Standard accreditation mark, to make sure that it is used correctly so when you see the Nottingham Standard mark, you know you can rent with confidence.
What Accreditation is
Accreditation is a set of standards relating to the management and physical condition of privately rented accommodation.
Landlords who join a scheme and who meet the standards are 'accredited'. Accreditation schemes are voluntary and there is no obligation on landlords to join, however, accredited landlords show a commitment to providing good quality, well managed accommodation.
Finding an Accredited Property
If you are a student in Nottingham then you are recommended to rent a property that is accredited. This will give you peace of mind and provide assistance should you run in to any problems as Unipol will work with you and your landlord to resolve any issues that you may come across.
Nottingham City Council work in partnership with Unipol Student Homes, a national student housing charity and recommend that you rent from a landlord or agent accredited under one of the Unipol's Codes. To find one of these properties please visit their website. https://www.unipol.org.uk/nottingham/accommodation#
Is Your Landlord Accredited
Use our property search facility to check whether a property is registered to a Nottingham Standard accredited landlord.
Are you a Student Looking for a Good Landlord?
Unipol Student Homes are a national not-for -profit organisation that is dedicated to improving standards of student accommodation and ensuring you get the best choice.
Unipol work in partnership with Nottingham City Council and run the student accreditation scheme the Unipol Code for Nottingham. Landlords and agents can voluntarily sign up to join the Unipol Code and over 360 have chosen to do so. The Code is essentially a list of standards that they agree to meet, covering things ranging from fire safety to how your landlord deals with repairs and how they treat you as a tenant.
- Check approved landlords through Unipol
- Search for an accredited property
- More about the Unipol Code
For general enquiries about the Nottingham Standard, please contact Nottingham City Council. For specific enquiries about membership of DASH Accreditation Services or Unipol Student Homes, please contact the relevant organisation:
DASH Landlord Accreditation
Telephone: 01332 640324 Email: email@example.com
Unipol Student Homes, Nottingham
Telephone: 0115 934 5023 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How does it work and how do I become accredited.
- How do I become accredited?
- How much does it cost?
- How do I find out more and apply?
- What are the benefits of accreditation?
- How will prospective tenants know that I am accredited?
- What do I need to do become accredited?
- How does the Nottingham Standard fit with Houses in Multiple Occupation licensing?
- I'm already a member of an accreditation scheme?
- Can managing and letting agents be accredited?
- Can tenants accredited?
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?
- Make an online application to DASH Landlord Accreditation or Unipol Student Homes
- Sign a code of conduct
- Be a 'fit and proper' person
- Complete an online training course
- Have at least one property visited for a health and safety check
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