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Criteria for joining Reading Rent with Confidence scheme

The RRWC Scheme is based upon three tiers of banding: (1) Bronze; (2) Silver and (3) Gold. The tiers reflect the different levels of private sector standards each with different criteria, with Gold being the highest.

In order to achieve a specific banding the property/landlord needs to demonstrate that they both meet the criteria in the bandings below it. For example, to achieve the silver tier the property/landlord must already have met the bronze criteria. Similarly, to achieve the gold criteria, the property/ landlord must have already met the bronze and silver criteria.

Scheme Criteria Overview


Gold Rated

  • All of Bronze and Silver criteria to be met
  • Long term tenancies (e.g. 2 year tenancies)
  • All furnishings and fittings in good condition and working order
  • Good decorative repair throughout entire property
  • Member of a Landlord Accreditation / Association Scheme

Silver Rated

 

  • All of Bronze criteria to be met
  • Charge maximum deposit equal to 6 weeks or 1 and a half month's rent
  • Regular recorded property inspections
  • Target response times for emergencies and other requests
  • Written and recorded inventory for check-in and check-out
  • Property free of Category 1 and Category 2 hazards (HHSRS)

Bronze Rated

 

  • Gas/ Electrical certificates provided to tenants (and Local Authority on request) 
  • EPC minimum of standard 'E' in specified property
  • If property is licensable HMO, then it should be licensed
  • Property free of Category 1 hazards (HHSRS)
  • Written Assured Shorthold Tenancy's for all tenants
  • All deposits must be protected
  • Must carry out Right to Rent checks
  • Provide How to Rent guide
  • No rental increases within fixed term tenancies (12 months or less)
  • Fire/Heat/Carbon monoxide detectors to be fitted and checked annually
  • Meet a fit and proper person test
  • All HMO Management Regulations to be complied with
  • All applicable Consumer Protection Regulations to be complied with
  • All tenant's applications considered prior to the financial affordability procedure
  • Required landlord insurance to be in place
     
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