Criteria

The RRWC Scheme is based upon a set criteria as seen below. In order to achieve the accreditation, the property landlord needs to demonstrate that they meet all elements of the criteria shown.

Scheme Criteria Overview

Property Criteria

  • Properties in very good decorative repair and modernised
  • Must attain C & D criterion of the Decent Homes Standard
  • EPC minimum of standard ‘E’ in specified property
  • Fire/Heat/Carbon monoxide detectors to be fitted and checked annually
  • Provide adequate storage for refuse and recycling & share relevant waste and recycling information with all tenants.

Landlord Criteria

  • Member of a Landlord Accreditation / Association Scheme
  • Regular recorded property inspections
  • Target response times for emergencies and other requests
  • Must carry out Right to Rent checks
  • Provide How to Rent guide
  • Meet a fit and proper person test
  • Required landlord insurance to be in place
  • All HMO Management Regulations to be complied with
  • All applicable Consumer Protection Regulations to be complied with

Management Criteria

  • To provide, if possible, long term tenancies (e.g. 2 year tenancies)
  • No rental increases within fixed term tenancies (12 months or less)
  • Written Assured Shorthold Tenancy’s for all tenants
  • All tenants’ applications considered prior to the financial affordability procedure
  • Gas/ Electrical certificates provided to tenants (and Local Authority on request)
  • Written and recorded inventory for check-in and check-out
  • Charge maximum deposit up to a maximum of five weeks in accordance with the Tenant Fees Act 2019
  • All deposits must be protected