NOTTINGHAM ACTION GROUP ON HMOS
OPEN MEETING
'The Nottingham Standard & Improving the Quality of the Private Rented Sector
 

Wednesday, 28 October 2015
6.30 pm to 8.30 pm in the
Function Room, Rose & Crown, Derby Road, Lenton

Today, privately rented accommodation is a small, but increasingly significant, part of the housing market. Commensurate with this is the increasing need to ensure that what the private rented sector (PRS) is offering to tenants meets a minimum (but increasingly high) standard .

The Nottingham Standard is a new accreditation mark, unique to Nottingham. It is supported by Nottingham City Council, and seeks to establish an over-arching minimum standard for privately rented accommodation across the city.

It is intended to help prospective tenants to identify properties in the private rented sector (PRS) which meet a minimum quality standard, whilst also recognising good landlords who provide quality approved and well managed accommodation.

It is important to understand that the Nottingham Standard does not replace the two accreditation schemes which are currently operating in Nottingham, i.e.

  • Unipol Student Homes, which accredits only those landlords providing accommodation for students, and
  • DASH Landlord Accreditation, which accredits all other types of PRS landlords.

Rather, it provides an umbrella under which both schemes are brought together under one certification mark.

Landlords already accredited through DASH or Unipol will be able to use the Nottingham Standard accreditation mark, and there will be guidelines to make sure that the mark is used correctly.

The October 2015 NAG open meeting will bring together officers from Nottingham City Council, including those responsible for enforcing mandatory and additional licensing of HMOs, along with representatives from Unipol and DASH who administer their respective accreditation services and inspect the properties of landlords who wish to become accredited under one or the other, or both, schemes.

It will also be an opportunity to:

  • Explore the differences between licensing and accreditation;
  • Hear how licensing of HMOs is proceeding, particularly in the light of the additional licensing scheme which means that many more HMOs now need to be licensed than was the case with mandatory licensing alone; 
  • Alsget an insight into what future developments in this area are under consideration.

As always, there will be time set aside for questions, comments and an exchange of ideas.

Useful information for everyone, especially tenants and landlords, can be found by following the links in this page of Nottingham City Council’s website:

www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/nottinghamstandard