Accreditation for Landlords
We have developed the Nottingham Standard to promote a good standard for private rented accommodation in the city.
In return, landlords will be accredited on the scheme and receive training and support.
It doesn’t replace the current accreditation schemes (Unipol Student Homes and DASH Landlord Accreditation). Instead, it incorporates them under one standard certification mark.
Landlords already accredited through those schemes can use the Nottingham Standard accreditation mark immediately. New landlords can apply to either DASH or Unipol.
What needs doing to get accredited?
Landlords renting only to students apply through Unipol Student Homes
Other landlords apply through DASH Services
High standards of living for tenants
Licensing a property means that the licence holder is deemed fit and proper by the City Council to hold a licence. This regulation offers protection to tenants from rogue landlords.
The City Council and Safer Housing team encourage tenants to report their landlord if they refuse to undertake repairs or have acted unlawfully, such as attempting an illegal eviction.
Licensing allows the City Council to apply conditions relating to the management, use, and occupation of the house concerned, its condition and its contents. These can drive up standards that wouldn’t normally come about as a result of market forces.
The Nottingham Standard means landlords must provide high-quality accommodation for both students and renters. There are guidelines for the Nottingham Standard accreditation mark to make sure that it is used correctly so you know you can rent with confidence when you see the Nottingham Standard mark.
Students can work with Unipol to ascertain their accommodation is of a high standard. To find a property covered, visit the Unipol website.
- Check approved landlords through Unipol - Unipol Landlords Directory
- Search for an accredited property - Unipol - Accommodation Search
- Find More about the Unipol Code - Download and read PDF - Unipol Code Nottingham 2017-2020
- Visit DASH for tenants DASH Services - Better standards for Nottingham’s private tenants as private rented housing licensing scheme gets green light
DASH Landlord Accreditation Services
Contact: Linda Cobb
Tele: 0133 264 0324
Unipol Student Homes, Nottingham
Contact: Matt Allison
Tele: 0115 934 5020
Once accreditation is done, landlords are given the Nottingham Standard mark, which can be used to promote their services.
If you need more information, give the team a call on Selective Licensing
Benefits of accreditation
- Training, advice, support and guidance from Unipol and DASH
- 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 help packages from our teams when landlords house people in housing need
- Landlords who already have Nottingham Standard accreditation may still be able to get a discount on each property they rent so that the licence fee can be significantly reduced
Searching for accreditation as a tenant
A property search allows tenants to check if a property is registered to an accredited landlord. We’ll continue to promote awareness of our scheme with tenants.
‘Accreditation’ and ‘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.
To qualify for the discounted fee, a landlord must be registered with Dash or Unipol as accredited before submitting their licence application.
Already a Member of an Accreditation Scheme
You don't need to do anything if you are already a member of the DASH or Unipol schemes. You can automatically be included in the Nottingham Standard.
Managing and Letting Agents
We are planning to create a scheme for managing and letting agents in the near future.
Tenants and accreditation
The Council’s Housing Aid service already provides tenant accreditation. Dash services are hoping to give a tenant accreditation service in the near future.
A Good Practice Standards Guide for supported housing providers
Nottingham City Council has developed a “Good Practice Standards Guide” to assist organisations providing supported housing in Nottingham.
This Guide has been devised for organisations specialising in providing supported housing accommodation. It has been produced in response to many enquiries received about good practice standards.
Please click here to access the Good Practice Standards Guide
If you require further information, please contact:
Email Housing Network