Temporary suspension of applications to the Property Accreditation Scheme
The temporary suspension of new applications to Wirral’s Property Accreditation Scheme from 31 December 2018 has been kept under review and will be lifted from 1 July 2019.
For those new applications received on or after 1 January 2019, which were allocated to a waiting list during the temporary suspension, these applications will now be prioritised for inspection in order of date on which they were received by the Housing Standards Team.
If you have any queries or wish to discuss any aspect of the Property Accreditation Scheme please contact the Housing Standards Team via email at LAT@wirral.gov.uk
What is Property Accreditation?
Property Accreditation is a free voluntary scheme which recognises good quality well-managed private rented accommodation. Properties which meet the Property Code of Standards receive a certificate of accreditation.
An accredited property must meet the minimum property codes of standards. Properties can also gain a star rating from 1 to 5. Find out more by reading the Property Codes of Standards.
Landlords must also agree to manage their property in accordance with the Management codes of standards. Find out more by reading the Management Codes of Standards
There is no limit to the amount of properties you can have accredited. Neither is there any cost for joining the scheme. Letting agents can also submit properties on behalf of landlords.
Changes to Landlord Accreditation inspection ratings
The Landlord Accreditation inspection rating system is changing following consultation with landlords. A higher rating will be given to properties which provide safe, suitable and well-maintained equipment for storing and cooking food.
How will the new rating system work?
Rather than an extra star for the provision of storage and cooking facilities, a ‘Plus’ Rating be given to accredited properties that meet the following requirements:
- adequate provision of a suitable ‘fixed’ cooking appliance with oven and hob facility. Microwaves and table-top ring burners are not acceptable.
- adequate provision of a separate or combined fridge and freezer. The minimum requirement is a freezer storage compartment in a fridge.
Whether your property is occupied or empty, we will work with you and give you a timescale to help you achieve the required standards. Once achieved, accreditation can last up to five years, subject to review during that period.
For further information, visit the National Accreditation Network (ANUK) website.
Submitting Properties to the Property Accreditation Scheme
The scheme offers the following advantages to landlords
- free to join
- accreditation Certificate for each property that meets the scheme standards
- marketing advantage over non-accredited landlords
- free advertising of accredited properties on Property Pool Plus by downloading and submitting this application form
- advice and guidance on landlord matters
- access to a mediation service
The scheme offers the following advantages to tenants:
- tenants in an accredited property know it is in a good condition
- reassurance that the landlord will manage the tenancy reliably and fairly
- fosters better landlord and tenant relationships
- to view currently available private rented accredited properties please visit the Property Pool Plus website