To achieve the Bronze rating, the landlord must meet the following standards:
Annual gas safety checks to be undertaken by a gas safe registered installer (Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1994 and certificates to be provided to tenants and Reading Borough Council on request.
Electrical checks and certificates to be provided to Reading Borough Council every 5 years and carried out by a member of the NICEIC, ELECSA, NAPIT, BSI or BRE competent persons scheme under Part P.
Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) minimum standard of ‘E for all properties and certificate provided to tenant at the beginning of their tenancy (The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) Regulations 2007) and to Reading Borough Council on request.
Properties are to be free of Category 1 and high Category 2 hazards as set out in the Housing Act 2004. We (Reading Borough Council) will use the HHSRS (Housing Health and Safety Rating System) to assess if a property contains a Category 1 or high Category 2 hazard.
Supply a written tenancy agreement to every new tenant at the beginning of their tenancy, detailing the terms and conditions of their tenancy.
There is to be no rental increase within a fixed-term tenancy of 12 months or less.
Landlords or their agents must ensure that all new tenancy deposits are protected in one of the statutory tenancy deposit protection schemes within 30 days of receiving the deposit. Within the same 30 day time limit, the landlord or its agent must provide the tenant, or any other third party that has paid the deposit on the tenant’s behalf, with the Prescribed Information about the deposit where it has been lodged together with a copy of the certificate/receipt of Deposit Protection. The Prescribed Information about the deposit must be re-served on the tenant or relevant third party where a new tenancy is created. For further information, please see: https://www.gov.uk/tenancy-deposit-protection.
At the outset of each tenancy, including renewals, the ‘How to Rent’ guide must be provided to all tenants. For more information: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-rent
Prior to letting property landlords or their agents must check prospective tenant has the right to stay in the UK.
A landlord or its agent must comply with the “Right to Rent” checks found at: www.gov.uk/righttorentchecks.
All fire/heat/carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted and checked annually. You will be required to self-verify that the fire safety checks have been carried out.
In order to become a member of the RRWC Scheme, landlords must sign a declaration stating they are a fit and proper person, see application form.
To become a member of the RRWC Scheme, the landlord must have:
The landlord must supply their or their agent’s contact details to each new tenant.
All HMO properties should comply with the HMO Management Regulations. You should already be aware of these but if you require further information then take a look at the following link – http://www.reading.gov.uk/hmo.
All landlords should comply with applicable Consumer Protection Regulations. You can find out detailed information regarding these at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/319820/Lettings_guidance_CMA31.PDF
The landlord must consider all tenants applications prior to completing a financial affordability procedure.
The landlord must have the required landlord insurance in place – adequate insurance including public liability insurance/ landlord insurance (minimum 5 million pounds) and building insurance for full reinstatement value for a wide range of perils.
a) There should be adequate provisions for the storage of refuse and these areas should be kept in a clean and tidy condition. This does include providing an adequate supply of bins for both refuse and recycling that satisfy the requirements of each household.
b) Waste and recycling information should be shared with all tenants. This includes providing information on which items are accepted in the current local authority recycling scheme, where the nearest bring bank is located and waste collection days.
c) Any waste receptacles that are collected by the local authority should be clearly labelled with house and/or flat numbers. Recycling bins should also be stickered with relevant recycling information.
To achieve the Silver rating, the landlord must meet the following criteria in addition to all the Bronze rating criteria.
Will only charge tenants a deposit up to a maximum of five weeks in accordance with the Tenant Fees Act 2019.
Complete inspections of property conditions and keep a written record of the checks carried out for all properties. The recommended minimum is to check a property on 3rd month and the 9th month of the tenancy for a 12 month tenancy. (For longer or shorter tenancies, the frequency of inspections will alter depending on the length of the tenancy e.g. 6 month tenancy, inspect at 12 weeks).
The Council reserves the right to request copies of the inspection reports.
Properties have to meet criterion C and D of the Decent Homes Standard.
Landlords are required to ensure that all furnishings and appliances that they have provided to tenants are in good condition and proper working order.
Adhere to target response times – emergency works to be responded to within 24 hours. Emergencies include (but are not limited to); no running water, no hot water, blocked drains, collapsed ceilings, fire, flooding, gas leak.
Respond to all other requests within 5 working days and aim to resolve emergencies within 3 days and non-emergencies within 28 days where possible.
Provide a written and recorded inventory for both check-in and check-out to tenants.
Properties are to be free of Category 1 and High Category 2 hazards as set out in the Housing Act 2004. We (Reading Borough Council) will use the HHSRS (Housing Health and Safety Rating System) to assess if a property contains a Category 1 or 2 hazard.
To achieve the Gold rating, the landlord must meet the following standards in addition to all the Bronze and Silver rating criteria.
Agree to provide long-term tenancy agreements to those tenants who request it; subject to the prospective tenants being suitable and where a property is available (e.g. 2 year tenancy). Tenants who are suitable would be those who pass the affordability and reference tests carried out by landlords, letting and management agents.
Please note that if you want to increase the rent within the fixed term period then the tenancy agreement must contain a rent review clause. Rent review clauses which propose a large rent increase or are too vague should be avoided as there are likely to be viewed as an unfair term. It should be clearly set out at the point of signing a tenancy agreement what any rent increase would be.
Landlords are required to be members of a landlord accreditation scheme e.g. National Landlord Association (NLA), Residential Landlord Association (RLA) or any other landlord association scheme.
Landlords are required to ensure that their properties are in very good decorative repair throughout and have been modernised to a high standard.
To achieve the Platinum rating, the landlord must meet the following standards in addition to all the Bronze, Silver and Gold rating criteria.
Landlords are required to ensure that their properties are in excellent decorative repair throughout and have been modernised to an excellent standard.
Landlords are required to, where possible, provide their tenants with added support and develop a culture where a tenant feels comfortable to contact their landlord about tenant matters.