Accreditation is a voluntary code of practice developed in partnership with landlords to encourage and promote good standards and management practices.

Compliance with the scheme will ensure that:

  • Landlords, tenants and community members enjoy the benefit of reasonable property conditions, competent management and considerate neighbourly behaviour
  • Misunderstandings and disputes are reduced. Where problems do occur they are promptly resolved.

The scheme contains nationally and locally accepted standards of physical property condition, level of basic amenities and management practices which are fair and reasonable.

Accreditation sets out responsibilities of the council, landlords and tenants. It comprises an element of self regulation and accordingly relies on a degree of goodwill and trust on the parts of all parties.

In addition to the scheme requirements, signatories must also comply with their legal obligations.

Benefits to landlords

  • Be recognised as one of Kirklees' best landlords!
  • Market advantage when letting property.
  • Accredited landlords will have priority on the Huddersfield University, Students Union Studentpad accommodation list.
  • Waiver of accreditation fee if landlord has licensed Houses in multiple occupation (HMO) or properties that are part of Kirklees Council's Private Lettings bond guarantee scheme - Landlords.
  • Personalised certificate of accreditation provided.
  • Scheme advertising posters made available for landlords to display, indicating membership or support of the scheme.
  • Details of the scheme will be provided on Kirklees council’s website
  • Training courses; networking with other accredited landlords.
  • Scheme newsletter issued on a regular basis, providing local, regional and national private rented sector developments.
  • Regular landlord forums
  • Tenants handbook provided.

Accreditation scheme standards

The scheme is primarily a property accreditation scheme. All properties will be inspected by an officer from Kirklees Council and accredited where standards have been met.

If the property does not meet the required standard, a Property Improvement Plan will be prepared.

Commended standard

The minimum property accreditation standard is the ‘commended standard’.

To achieve this standard the property will:

  • have a valid gas safety certificate and a valid Energy Performance Certificate;
  • comply with the Housing Health and Safety Rating System, in that there are no addressable category one hazards and category two hazards have been minimized; and
  • meet other easily achieved property standards, e.g. smoke detectors, basic security measures and good decoration.
Highly commended standard

The enhanced property accreditation standard is the ‘highly commended’ standard which meets all the requirements of the ‘commended standard’ together with higher requirements for security, heating systems, windows and energy efficiency. Properties that have Grade D on the Energy Performance Certificate, are likely to be awarded highly commended status if they comply with the commended standard requirements.

To achieve this standard the property will:

  • have a valid gas safety certificate and a valid Energy Performance Certificate;
  • comply with the Housing Health and Safety Rating System, in that there are no addressable category one hazards and category two hazards have been minimized; and
  • meet other easily achieved property standards, e.g. smoke detectors, basic security measures and good decoration.
  • double glazing - all windows must be properly fitted, lockable, double glazed units in full working order. Keys must be provided to the tenant.
  • room heating - all habitable rooms within the house must have suitable, controllable energy efficient fixed heating appliances
  • hot water system must be provided using an energy efficient system, for example a gas condensing boiler
  • converted attic rooms, the dormer roof construction, sloping ceilings, all roof voids and end terrace gable walls must incorporate adequate insulation.
  • modern, good quality kitchen and bathroom fittings, in working order, must be provided
  • all external doors must be a type of specialist security door.
Property standards

All properties are maintained in a satisfactory state of repair.

Under normal circumstances the following performance standards should be achieved:

  • Priority 1 - Emergency Repairs: any repairs required in order to avoid a danger to health, risk to the safety of residents or serious damage to buildings or internal contents – within 24 hours of report of defect. In circumstances where this is not practicable, landlords will make best temporary arrangements.
  • Priority 2 – Urgent Repairs: repairs to defects, which materially affect the comfort or convenience of the residents – within 5 working days of report of defect.
  • Priority 3 – Non Urgent Day to Day Repairs – reactive repairs not falling within the above categories – within 28 working days of report of defect.
  • Download the full list of Accreditation scheme property standards

Apply for membership

Membership fees
Number of properties under your ownership Member fees
One property £20
Two or three properties £30
Four plus properties £60

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