Aims and Objectives

Rent it Rights main aim is to recognise those landlords in the city that offer their tenants well maintained 'decent' homes and conduct themselves in a professional manner. By doing so we hope that, tenants will benefit from having landlords they can trust and build long-term relationships which are mutually beneficial.

On application, landlords will:

  • Be committed to supporting, promoting and working in partnership with the scheme and the Local Authority
  • For the sole purpose of enabling audits to be carried out, provide the scheme team with a full list of properties owned or managed by them for which they are seeking accreditation
  • Provide access to properties for the scheme team or other officers to carry out inspections and checks
  • Ensure that all their properties meet the requirements of the scheme, or alternatively where properties are not fully compliant, agree a schedule of works to bring the properties up to a minimum standard, within a reasonable timescale.
  • Be given the reasons in writing if their application is unsuccessful
  • Be entitled to a right of appeal to the scheme team

What type of properties can be 'accredited'?

All types of properties within PO1-PO6 areas of Portsmouth. From studio flats to large HMO properties, the scheme encourages all Landlords to get their property accredited. You could have long term tenants, housing benefits, professional sharers, families, or students we can tailor the advice that we give to meet your individual requirement.

In order to become an accredited landlord you must include all of your rental properties which are within the above areas as part of your accreditation. There are basic standards which are required. If your property does not meet the below standards we can still work with you, so please contact [email protected] before submitting your application.

What must my property have?

  • The property must be in good condition
  • The property must be free from damp and mould.
  • There must be suitable handrails and balustrading to any stairs and steps providing access to the property, or inside the property.
  • There must be mains wired smoke detection on each level in the property (i.e. hall and landings).
  • A carbon monoxide detector must be fitted if there are any gas appliances in the property. In addition you must also supply a carbon monoxide alarm in rooms using solid fuel such as coal or wood fires.
  • Must have a fire blanket.
  • There must be a valid gas safety certificate, dated within the last 12 months (if appropriate).
  • There must be a valid electrical safety certificate, dated within the last 10 years (5 years for HMOs)
  • An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) must be provided confirming that the property achieves level E or higher. If energy efficiency works are carried out and the level is improved, a new EPC must be provided.
  • The property must be provided with a fixed and controllable heating system, covering all rooms. Portable gas, electric or flammable fuel heaters must not be provided by the landlord.
  • Any furniture which is provided or left in the property by the landlord must comply with the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988, as amended in 1989 and 1993.
  • The property must have security measures in place to prevent entry from intruders.

In the case of licensed HMOs, where an HMO licence includes a particular condition that is different to a requirement of this accreditation scheme, then compliance with the HMO licence condition will take precedence.

What must your tenants have?

  • A written tenancy agreement
  • Their deposits protected in a deposit protection scheme, and given the deposit paperwork
  • A copy of the 'Right to Rent' document (for tenancies starting after 1st October 2015)
  • Your contact details, name and number
  • The Gas Safety Certificate
  • The Energy Performance Certificate

Further information

Code of conduct

Complaints and breaches

Continued Professional Development (CPD)

How do landlords become accredited?

Property standards

Why be accredited?